The United States F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft which slid off the aircraft carrier John F.?
The United States F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft which slid off the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy into the sea off the coast of Scotland two months ago has been recovered.
SYNOPSIS: The first stage of the rescue operation took place on Thursday (11 November) and followed two previous unsuccessful attempts to lift the wreckage off the seabed. This time things went better for the team of experts working on the project and the wreckage of the Tomcat was raised to the surface from a depth of 1,890 feet (550 metres) after preliminary investigations by divers. Later it was hosted aboard the West german salvage shop "Taurus", after being towed to more sheltered waters.
A highly secret Phoenix missile also fell with the aircraft, but it became separated at some point during the accident or afterwards and was recovered last month. The presence of a Soviet ship in the area around the submerged aircraft led to speculation that an attempt might be made to "Pirate" the Tomcat and its missile, but this proved unfounded. The recovery operation was completed on Saturday (13 November) when the wreckage of the Tomcat was lifted ashore at Rosyth, Scotland.