Ice- That line struck me as odd also but in context of 1977 it was relatively easy compared to F-4 despite having much more advanced systems. Starting in the mid '90s it became harder and harder for the Navy to justify budget for F-14 with Super Hornets in service and the main threat /rarionale for Phoenix missile going away with demise of Soviet Union.
Not to mention that carrier aircraft in particular take a beating, both in launches/traps as well as constant exposure to salt air. Over time, it's much easier to maintain an F-15 in Mountain Home, ID (or Osan, South Korea for that matter) than it is a Tomcat that spends 6 months at a time in the Persian Gulf.
There was a saying in the Navy that if a Tomcat wasn't leaking, it was out of fluids.
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The average Naval Aviator, despite the sometimes swaggering exterior, is very much capable of such feelings as love, affection, intimacy, and caring.
These feelings just don't involve anyone else.