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July 29, 2006

Democracy Really Works

F-14 last cat from CVN-71

USN | by MCSNSheldon Rowley

Final launch of the F-14 Tomcat

Atlantic Ocean (July 28, 2006) – Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), an F-14D Tomcat assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31), aircraft number 112, accelerates down the ship’s number three catapult during the final launch of an F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft. The last launch marks the end of an era for Naval Aviation. The F-14 will officially retire in September 2006, after 32 years of service to the fleet. Theodore Roosevelt is completing Joint Task Force Exercises with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). U.S. Navy Photo(RELEASED)

America demonstrates invincibly one thing that I had doubted up to now: that the middle classes can govern a State. ... Despite their small passions, their incomplete education, their vulgar habits, they can obviously provide a practical sort of intelligence and that turns out to be enough.
—Alexis de Tocqueville

Source: Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac for Saturday, July 29, 2006
Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Paris on this day in 1805. He died April 16, 1859 in Cannes.
See also: The Alexis de Tocqueville Tour Exploring Democracy in America

Posted by niganit at July 29, 2006 6:59 PM
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