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Posted: 1/5/2006 6:16:08 PM EDT
F-14 Tomcat Final Deployment Photo Gallery
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 6:20:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 8:07:21 PM EDT
The USN has lost it's last true fighter.
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 8:10:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2006 8:10:43 PM EDT by mmx1]

Originally Posted By Talyn:
The USN has lost it's last true fightermissile truck.

Link Posted: 1/5/2006 8:17:28 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2006 9:12:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2006 9:13:16 PM EDT by Special-K]
At leasy they're going out swinging on a combat deployment. They deserve at least that.

Link Posted: 1/6/2006 1:14:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:

I watched the last F-4 Phantom fly off the deck of the USS Midway back in 1984 (IIRC) and now it's replacement the F-14 is gone. That aircraft pretty much frames my nearly 24 year Naval aviation career. That was a nice aircraft as not too many of them crashed - sort of like the A-6 Intruder/Prowler and unlike the A-6 Cosair which was the worse from my experence with it. In the four plus years I was aboard Midway I buried 41 shipmates (same as the hull number ) and too many of them were A-6 pilots. I asked one Corsair driver about his aircraft and he told me there was like a four or five second delay between the time he hit the throttles and the time thrust started coming on and that made landing on Midways tiny pitching rolling deck at night very difficult.

Lot of guys aboard ship hated the pilots as stuck up ... not me ... those guys earn every dime they make and every extra bennie they get. There are no braver pilots made.

Are you sure you aren't talking about the A7?

I know because my dad flew the A-7E during his time in the Navy...

These are the markings of his plane if they mean anything...
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:09:52 PM EDT
If anybody needs an F-14 fix I guess the Iranians are still flying some...
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:17:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Special-K:
At leasy they're going out swinging on a combat deployment. They deserve at least that.


Yeah. At least she's going down fighting.

My great uncle worked at the Ironworks on the Tomcat. My mom's got his official patch, my grandmother has the mug. Whole family loves the F-14.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:19:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2006 5:21:06 PM EDT by thompsondd]

Good bye old gal.

Thanks for keeping us safe.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:20:34 PM EDT
New desktop for me

Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:46:13 PM EDT
Anyone else think this photo is pretty cool? Not an F-14 but:

Link Posted: 1/6/2006 5:59:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:01:19 PM EDT
Hope they keep them in shape, we'll be needing them soon.
Link Posted: 1/6/2006 6:03:55 PM EDT

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 1:35:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 1:40:46 AM EDT by A_G]

Hopefully a couple will be kept in flying condition as flying/traveling "museums".


Thanks for the link KA3B. Awesome photos - especially the birds in full colors.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:04:25 AM EDT
We should keep the airframes around as a diversion. You know the enemy watches Top Gun as a training video and they are going to unload everything they got when they detect an F-14 in the area. I'd send the surplus F-14's in first as remote-controlled kamikaze planes.
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