This is the photo accompanying the article and you can plainly see some Tomcats on board.
He has no excuse is right. Even if he used that picture. All digital images have embedded in their file a thing called 'Metadata'. It can tell you almost everything about the photo. And the following is from this pics Metadata:
Caption: ENT81 - 20011010 - AT SEA, - : An aerial view taken on Wednesday, 10 October 2001, shows the USS Enterprise. US warplanes and cruise missiles pounded the Afghan capital and other cities overnight, as Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda group warned of further suicide hijackings and urged Muslims to join an anti-US jihad or holy war. EPA PHOTO AFPI/RABIH MOGHRABI/rm/lfb/mrTo view this data, all one needs in an 'EXIF viewer' app. And every reporter/journalist knows about that today. It's where they put the Copyright. So IMO there is no excuse. The EDITOR at the least should have caught it.
By Line: RABIH MOGHRABI
Date: October 10, 2001. 12:59:30PM (timezone is GMT) (9 years, 4 months, 22 days, 11 minutes, 33 seconds ago)
an aside: In 2001, when this pic was taken Tomcats were still in use. It's the last year they were.
btw, a very cool and FREE EXIF Viewer that I use is called Jeffrey's EXIF Viewer. Click that home page, and drag the URL icon to your Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar and you're done. You can then check out most any photo posted on the Internet by just clicking the EXIF Icon on your toolbar when an image is on your screen. I mainly check for who holds the Copyright to a photo.