F-14 Tomcat made its final public appearance




 
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October 2nd, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 

Topic: F-14 Tomcat made its final public appearance


The F-14 Tomcat made its final public appearance as an active part of the Navy over the September 17th weekend in an air show at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.

The classic Northrup Grumman fighter jet that rose to prominence in the 1986 hit film "Top Gun" and has worn U.S. Navy colors since its first test flight in 1970 attracted a legion of fans from around the world at its public goodbye.

“It’s basically a bittersweet day for us,” said Lt. Cortney Kinna, an F-14 naval flight officer from Amarillo, Texas. "It was our favorite airplane. I just think it's the sexiest looking airplane out there. It's unique, big, powerful and loud."

The Tomcat will be retired after the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT returns from her current deployment to the Persian Gulf area next spring. The last two Tomcat squadrons, VF-32 "Swordsmen" and VF-101 "Grim Reapers" are aboard the 'Big Stick' and will transition to the F/A-18 Super Hornet when they return.
Radar intercept officers (RIO) said they will particularly miss the concentrated teamwork needed between the pilot and “backseater” to let the F-14 do its job. Unlike the F/A-18 Super Hornet, one said, pilots do not have the same cockpit controls in the front seat to operate the radar and fire all weapon systems.

“The Tomcat is a RIO's airplane,” said Lt. Tim Henry, a Gettysburg, Pa., native who took his last F-14 flight during the airshow. “It’s sad. I caught myself looking around the cockpit.”

Retired Capt. Phil Grandfield, of Virginia Beach, said he favored the Tomcat over the F-4 Phantom and the F/A-18 Hornet in his 26 years of flying Navy jets.

“I’m most proud of having flown the F-14,” said Grandfield, who has more than 2,000 flight hours in the aircraft and made his 1,000th carrier arrested landing in the jet. “It’s a unique airplane. It’s respected around the world.”

The AIM-54 Phoenix missile, the Tomcat's long range 'fleet defender' missile, was retired about a year ago, leaving the AIM-120 AMRAAM as the longest-range air-to-air missile in the Navy's inventory.

Also posted (with many more pics) at Murdoc Online.

http://windsofchange.net/

http://www.murdoconline.net/archives/002820.html
October 2nd, 2005  
MoRtArSnCaLiBeRs
 
R.I.P. F-14 Tomcat
October 2nd, 2005  
Springfield
 
 
Too bad. I grew up watching those planes take off and land all the time at the airforce base nearest to me. I guess that means that the F-15 will be retired to some time soon. (or will it?) I hope not because I really love that plane.
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October 2nd, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 
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Originally Posted by BaZoOkAzNgReNaDeZ
Too bad. I grew up watching those planes take off and land all the time at the airforce base nearest to me. I guess that means that the F-15 will be retired to some time soon. (or will it?) I hope not because I really love that plane.
What AFB did u live by?

I assume you grew up watching F-15s not tomcats since F-14s are Navy and they normally do not operate thru Air Force bases.
October 2nd, 2005  
Springfield
 
 
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Originally Posted by phoenix_aim54
Quote:
Originally Posted by BaZoOkAzNgReNaDeZ
Too bad. I grew up watching those planes take off and land all the time at the airforce base nearest to me. I guess that means that the F-15 will be retired to some time soon. (or will it?) I hope not because I really love that plane.
What AFB did u live by?

I assume you grew up watching F-15s not tomcats since F-14s are Navy and they normally do not operate thru Air Force bases.
LOL dude, you are right. It was F-15s not F-14s. I live by NAFB (Nellis Air Force Base). Oh well, I still liked the F-14s too. I saw em on tv on a bunch of tv shows too. Well, yeah, I still liked those planes. Too bad they are gone now.
October 2nd, 2005  
5.56X45mm
 
 
R.I.P. F-14 Tomcat

You were one hell of a fighter.
October 2nd, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BaZoOkAzNgReNaDeZ
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Originally Posted by phoenix_aim54
Quote:
Originally Posted by BaZoOkAzNgReNaDeZ
Too bad. I grew up watching those planes take off and land all the time at the airforce base nearest to me. I guess that means that the F-15 will be retired to some time soon. (or will it?) I hope not because I really love that plane.
What AFB did u live by?

I assume you grew up watching F-15s not tomcats since F-14s are Navy and they normally do not operate thru Air Force bases.
LOL dude, you are right. It was F-15s not F-14s. I live by NAFB (Nellis Air Force Base). Oh well, I still liked the F-14s too. I saw em on tv on a bunch of tv shows too. Well, yeah, I still liked those planes. Too bad they are gone now.
the only remaining F-14s in the skies will be Iranian ones.

My dad is a former expert on AWG/9 and F-14 fire control system.

I guess there are no better jets than F-4 Phantom & F-14 Tomcat...
October 2nd, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
The Iranian F-14s don't get into the skies.
October 3rd, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 
Oh, Really?

The best aces with F-14s are from Iran.

Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units In Combat (Osprey Combat Aircraft) (Paperback)
by Tom Cooper, Farzad Bishop

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...51141?v=glance

October 3rd, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Whispering Death
The Iranian F-14s don't get into the skies.
Read these before commenting further, my friend

http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_452.shtml

http://misc.kitreview.com/bookreview...reviewkb_1.htm

http://www.internetmodeler.com/2004/...osprey-f14.php