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Posted on 08/14/2005 12:13:48 PM PDT by Mark
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I love the Tomcat and Reagan was an excellent President. Maybe someday when Bush 41 passes away, his library will erect a display of the dive bomber he flew in the Pacific.
Too bad I have to miss this. I just love the Reagan Library...I have spent many days there. Hope to get down that way this fall to see the 707.
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After all, we know what THESE bad boys did in 1981...:)
Does PukinDog know about this...:)
He posted #4.
Hey pal don't you forget 1989 too, every sailor was thankful when this big cat was out on the prowl. "Tomcats supplying the world with spare MIG parts since 1981!"
Well, duh. Why don't they just fly it in, and avoid traffic alltogether?
Sometimes I don't think people think...
Pretty cool having an F-14 at your peace park, though..
Grumman F-14 Tomcat in combat
Vietnam war 1974-1975
The Tomcat was in service just in time to see the closing stages of the Vietnam war in 1975. It flew top cover during operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of US personnel from Saigon in April of 1975, just before that city fell to the north. The North Vietnamese Air Force did not interfere with the operation, but one Tomcat was slightly damaged by anti-aircraft fire.
Libya, Gulf of Sidra August 1981
On August 19th, two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22 Fitter-J fighters were shot down by a pair of VF-41 Tomcats after one of the Fitters fired a missile at the American fighters. Both kills were with the AIM-9L Sidewinder.
Urgent Fury October 1983
The invasion of Grenada, TARPS (Reconnaissance Pod) equipped F-14's provided intelligence on troop movements for invading Marines and Army Rangers.
Hijacking Italian cruise ship Achille Laura: October 19th 1985
The Hijackers had found refuge in Egypt, where arrangements had been made to fly them to sanctuary Libya aboard an Egypt Air Boeing 737. Seven Tomcats from VF-74 and VF-104 from the USS Saratoga (CV-60) intercepted the airliner and forced it to land at Sigonella in Italy.
Gulf of Sidra March 24-26th 1986
Numerous strikes were carried out by navy carrier based aircraft against Libyan targets, with Tomcats flying top cover, keeping Libyan fighters at bay and dodging Sam's
Operation El Dorado Canyon: April 14th 1986
USAF General Dynamics F-111's attacking Tripoli (Libya) while navy strike aircraft went after Benghazi. The later raid was top-covered by F-14's.
Mediterranean January 4th 1989
Two F-14A's (159437 and 159610) from VF-32 flying of the John F. Kennedy (CV-67) shot down a pair of Libyan MiG-23 Floggers.
Persian Gulf 1988-1989
There were some Sidewinders fired between US navy Tomcats and Iranian F-4 Phantoms during the oil tanker escort operations in the Persian Gulf, these launches were all well out of parameters, and scored no kills.
Desert Storm 17 January - 28 February 1991
Tomcats flew mostly CAP operations in protection of the fleets carriers and in the escort of strike packages. The Tomcats are credited with only one kill. A Mil Mi-8 Hip helicopter was shot down with an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. One F-14 Tomcat was lost in action on January 21st when it was shot down by an Iraqi surface to air missile, the crew ejected safely..
Southern Watch: 1 March 1991- 1 May 2003
During the first days of 1999, 2 USAF F-15s and 4 US Navy F-14D (VF-213) were engaged by about 13 Iraqi MiG's and Mirage F.1s above the No Fly Zone in southern Iraq. In accordance with the UN resolutions, both the F-15s and F-14s fired missiles at long distance at the Iraqi. No Iraqi aircraft were hit, but one Iraqi fighter is said to have crashed on approach to its airbase because of a lack of fuel.
After this incident the UN continue to control the No Fly Zones, undisturbed by Saddam's forces ... eventually firing at Iraqi installations if provoked.
Deliberate Force: Aug.- Sept. 1994
The U.S. Navy aircraft carriers with CVW-8 onboard were on station in the Adriatic Sea. In support of the IFOR and SFOR troops in former Yugoslavia, F-14s from several squadrons flew multi-role missions: Air-to-ground strikes against hostile targets (Close Air Support), Forward Air Control and TARPS missions.
Allied Force: 24 March - 10 June 1999
To end Yugoslavian terror NATO bombed Serbia for weeks day and night. The US send among others the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt which also ment launching F-14s. The role of the F-14s was enemy fighter suppression, forward air control, aerial reconnaissance and also precision laser-guided air-to-ground attacks.
Enduring Freedom 7 October 2001 -
On Oct. 7, 2001 aircraft carriers (CVN-65 with VF-14 & CVN-70 with VF-213) launched long-range, heavy loaded F-14 and medium-range F/A-18 strike fighters day and night while the Air Force sent long-range bombers deep into Afghanistan. Targets were terrorist bases, weapons and vehicles, training camps and Taliban military units.
On Oct. 9, 2001 VF-14 led the first long-range tactical air strike, flying over 1,700 miles round trip to Mazar-e Sharif, where Taliban aircraft were destroyed on the ground. Numerous strikes with precision guided ammunition followed from VF-14, VF-41, VF-102, VF-211 and VF-213.
Iraqi Freedom 20 March 2003 -
F-14 Tomcats took part in the war as part of several Carrier Air Wings. The deputy commander of CVW-41 (USS Abraham Lincoln) stated, that even with the arrival of the F/A-18E, the F-14 remains "the platform of choice for precision targeting." Land-based Navy F-14 Tomcats supported special operations forces on the ground during multiple strike missions over western Iraq. Details are classified
Wouldn't forget it for one second!
I am going to shed a tear the day they retire those birds...:(
Boy, he is right on top of it...:)
AWESOME...shoulda had Toms do the missing man formation at Reagan's funeral instead of Hornets!
You and me both, I remember when Clinton had the molds destoryed back in 1996 and leaving the NAVY with the pisspoor Hornet.
Agreed. When were you in?
"Well, what did you all expect? Summer interns cost money!"
I love it. This is going to drive the far left crazy!
Walk softly and have some big bad Tomcats on your leash.
Monday, August 22, 2005,10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
F-14 Arrival Ceremony at the Reagan Library:
Come join us at the Reagan Library on Monday, August 22nd to personally witness another momentous milestone in the making of the Librarys new Air Force One Pavilion the installation of a F-14 Tomcat at the Librarys Peace Plaza. In an exciting operation, this 44,000 pound aircraft will be craned into place in a ceremony celebrating President Reagans peace through strength initiative. The Tomcat will serve as a dramatic bridge between the Pavilion and the Presidential Learning Center. This event is standing-room only and is free to attend (regular admission applies to visit the Museum). No reservations are required. Complimentary parking shuttles will run on Presidential Drive throughout the day.
Schedule of Events:
10:00 a.m. - F-14 gets craned over 35 foot-high colonnade (open to the public to watch)
11:00 a.m. - Arrival Ceremony Program Begins (includes keynote speaker Rear Admiral Venlet and the final movement of the F-14 to the Peace Plaza)
11:30 a.m. - Ceremony Concludes
Members will be notified in advance with additional event details.
(Programs and events subject to date change. Before you visit, please call to confirm event.)
Any indication of the BuNo? Wouldn't it be great if the aircraft was one of the Tomcats that actually flew the Achille Lauro intercept mission?
Monday, August 22, 2005And in possible RELATED news, from the Los Angeles Times (8/4):
10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
F-14 Arrival Ceremony at the Reagan Library
...[President Bush] arrived in Texas on Tuesday evening to start his August vacation. Although he does not plan to return to Washington until early September, he will make several day trips and overnight trips in the coming weeks.Hmmmm....
To further highlight recent legislative victories in Congress, Bush will sign the energy bill Monday at the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and the highway bill Wednesday in Illinois.
He also plans to visit Southern California in late August.
Monday, August 22, 2005Ventura County PING, please?
10:00 AM- 11:30 AM
F-14 Arrival Ceremony at the Reagan Library
Another Reagan Library ROAD TRIP?
Ventura County Ping!
Hehe, a warmongering F-14 in something called the "Peace Plaza" at the Reagan Library...oh, you know THAT is going to make some Cindy Sheehan-loving heads explode! I love it!
I stand corrected Clinton closed the F-14 Shop in Norfolk and which contanted that last two molds for F-14's.
It was actually the Fitters that fired first. They were head to head, and their IR missile was not 'all aspect' and did not track. The ROE says you can shoot when fired at, so the Tomcats of VF-41 (Black Aces) whipped around and caught the Fitters with a couple of Sidewinders.
Thank you, sir!
They stripped that one down quite a bit. Empty weight on an operational model is 42,000lbs. Max Cat Shot 76,000lbs (that hurts), Max Trap 54,000lbs (unless you were on the U.S.S. America).
Cool. I was stationed on the Nimitz, V-2 Division, Waist Cats. 'Round the clock operations for three days.
I had been on the ship for a month and a half.
Wayback then , the Capacity Selector Valve, (CSV), was located in the Launch Valve Enclosure. Anyways, it was my job to verify that the CSV displayed the proper setting prior to the aircraft being launched. Pretty impressive stuff when you're a bootcamp.
Pukin Dog has spent a good number of years yankin' the stick of not only the Tomcat but the F-16N (think that's the right model) and maybe another -16 model. He has great respect for the Eagle as an air superiority fighter as well.
He's more than willing to share info and opinions from his active duty service. He's just not about getting into dogfights in a forum. I always enjoy listening to the stuff he brings to the table.
Some may not always agree with his opinions but I'll bet when push-comes-to-shove he's a darn good flight lead or wingman to have at your side.
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