A U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Aug. 14, 2004. (U.S. Navy/Staff Sgt. Lee O. Tucker)

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Navy aircraft were sidelined as they awaited parts last year that the service actually had in a warehouse. The problem? They didn't even know the warehouse was there.

"Not only did we not know that the parts existed, we didn't even know the warehouse existed," Thomas Modly, the Navy's No. 2 civilian said at last week's annual Military Reporters and Editors conference.

The issue was discovered in last year's Navy- and Marine Corps-wide audit, which Modly said has helped the sea services correct some serious problems tracking inventory it owns.

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It looks like the F-14 Tomcat will be making an appearance in "Top Gun 2."

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Between 1979 and 1985, a very special Navy F-14 Tomcat was one of NASA’s favorite guinea pigs. Designated NASA 991, the Northrop Grumman fighter jet conducted 221 flights out of the space agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in the service of flight research — and to study the fighter’s alarming penchant for falling into a deadly spin, a tragedy immortalized by the death of Nick "Goose" Bradshaw in Top Gun.

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Screenshot via YouTube of the trailer for “American Made”

Tom Cruise is taking to the skies again. But this time it’s in a Piper Aerostar-600 loaded down with cocaine and guns, not an F-14 Tomcat. “American Made,” set for a Sept. 29 premiere, has Cruise playing Barry Seal, a commercial airline pilot who’s recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to shuttle drugs and guns to and from South America. Check out the fresh trailer:

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