Although it is exactly 0000 hours, the sun still shines in the southernmost part of the Southern Hemisphere. Gryphus Squadron, with the help of the Aurelian Navy, was at last sent to attack the Leasath superweapon Gleipnir at Terminus Island. However, much of the Aurelian fleet was destroyed, thanks to the Gleipnir's ventral-mounted Shock Cannon. Though Gryphus 1 managed to disable the Gleipnir's optical camouflage, the ace pilot has yet to destroy its SWBM (Shock Wave Ballistic Missile) launchers before it escapes into the upper atmosphere.
This is Gryphus 1's F-14D Super Tomcat, in the usual US Navy low-vis color scheme (the default Aurelian scheme is way too Osean, BTW). Since Mission 6 is maritime-based, it makes more sense for Gryphus 1 to be still using an older naval plane at this point.
I pretty much have to say that the F-14 was one of the staples of my childhood.
The fact that it was finally retired from US Navy service made me really sad.
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