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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....06-20-06....End Of An Era -- Retiring Of The F-14
GodBlessUSA

Posted on 06/19/2006 8:56:02 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA



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Hundreds of former Grumman employees and aviation buffs paid their last respects, June 15, 2006, to a soon-to-retire jet F-14.


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During the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Grumman produced 712 F-14s. In its heydey, the F-14 was known for its advanced radar system and its speed. The jet could track 24 targets and hit six of them with its lethal Phoenix missiles. Its speed, up to 1,544 miles per hour, made it the fastest machine in the sky.

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Type Fighter
Manufacturer Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
Maiden flight 1970-12-21
Introduced September 1974
Retired 2006, USN
Status active service, Iran
Primary users United States Navy, Iran
Number built 675
Unit cost US$38 million in 1998

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Pictured above, Sailors prepare an F-14 Tomcat for flight on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003).

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Above Pictured, An F-14 launches an AIM-7 Sparrow

The Tomcat played a prominent role in Top Gun, the 1986 film about naval aviators that fly the F-14. The success of that film helped the Tomcat become the most famous fighter jet of the time, and spurred a game franchise and a surge in U.S. Navy recruiting.
Kenny Loggins ~ DangerZone
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Above, Logo for VF-31, F-14D Super Tomcat squadron, also known as Felix the Cat Squadron

The Tomcatters’ command master chief, Master Chief Petty Officer Tom Gall, called being part of a Tomcat squadron an honor. Even after 25 years in the Navy, he said, the plane’s aesthetics still leave him awestruck.

“The Tomcat just looks sharp,” Gall said. “It’s mesmerizing to watch it fly. Especially as it sweeps its wings back and goes in for the kill. I’m quite certain that many people will miss it when it is gone.”


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Certainly, this airplane is impressive, no matter what your preference as favorite! Its changeable shape, transforming before your eyes as it zooms by in fully wing swept delta, pulling into a fully extended wing high G load turn, is one of aviation's more unforgettable sights. Cmdr. Aaron Cudnohufsky, squadron commanding officer, said the Tomcat rightfully has become an American legend — and not just because of the film.
Official Tomcat Retirement Date is September 22, 2006
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(information found: internet, Stars and Stripes, Newsday, All Avation Online, Wikipedia)


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1 posted on 06/19/2006 8:56:07 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; Aquamarine; deadhead; ...
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2 posted on 06/19/2006 8:56:46 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA
I saw 4 F-14's fly over Kensington, Maryland today and I thought about how they will be missed. Definitely an "End of an Era"
3 posted on 06/19/2006 8:59:12 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

That must have been awesome to see them! I wanted to get to the event last week and was not able to. I would be thrilled to see them in flight.


4 posted on 06/19/2006 9:01:22 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

A couple of years ago, an F-14 flew over my house at treetop level with full afterburners. I live in the center of North Carolina. I think they were playing games with the Air Force guys at Pope AFB.

It's a glorious thing to behold.


5 posted on 06/19/2006 9:06:32 PM PDT by wolfpat (To connect the dots, you have to collect the dots.)
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To: MJY1288
What a magnificent aircraft. On my final tour, 1970, I had the honor and privilege of introducing the F-14 to PacFlt as the Fleet Readiness Officer (the 35 Billet -- Ops/Readiness) at CincPacFlt, Pearl Harbor. A simply marvelous addition to the inventory at the time.Seems just yesterday.
6 posted on 06/19/2006 9:06:56 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: GodBlessUSA
It was, it was very hazy today, so the view wasn't what I would have liked it to be, but there is no mistaking an F-14, nothing else looks the same.

Isn't it a fact that no F-14 has ever been shot down in combat, or is that the F-15?

7 posted on 06/19/2006 9:09:25 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Beautiful work on this thread, Gracie. Two years ago, at the Armed Forces Day parade in Torrance, south of LAX, there was an F-14 flyover at the beginning of the parade. Most memorable!


8 posted on 06/19/2006 9:13:09 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (God Bless Our Troops...including U.S. Border Patrol, America's First Line of Defense)
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To: dk/coro
God Bless You for your service to our Nation. We are privileged to have people like you defending all of us. The F-14 is without a doubt a superior aircraft, but without people like you, it's just another piece of hardware.

Thanks for your service

Mike

9 posted on 06/19/2006 9:16:16 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: wolfpat

That must have been incredible!


10 posted on 06/19/2006 9:18:55 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: MJY1288

I'm not sure MJY, I'll see if I can find that information.


11 posted on 06/19/2006 9:19:58 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Hi Dita! :)
Thanks. I blew it last week, by not getting out there and seeing the F-14. I hope, at some point before September, there is another opportunity.


12 posted on 06/19/2006 9:21:52 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

We should all look for those opportunities this summer, as there should be many ... starting with July 4!!


13 posted on 06/19/2006 9:25:18 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (God Bless Our Troops...including U.S. Border Patrol, America's First Line of Defense)
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To: Pukin Dog
Ping.


14 posted on 06/19/2006 9:30:08 PM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: dk/coro
Time sure does fly -- as fast as the F-14 :)
God Bless You dk/coro
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15 posted on 06/19/2006 9:30:10 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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16 posted on 06/19/2006 9:30:53 PM PDT by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: The Mayor

LOL!!! :)
Good Evening The Mayor
I had a tough time trying to find animated aircraft. I should have thought to ask you. :)


17 posted on 06/19/2006 9:34:46 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA
I was at an air show Sunday. An old MIG15 did some fly bys.

I can only imagine the sound a F14 would make if I were dug into a fox hole. Hopefully a friendly sound!!

18 posted on 06/19/2006 9:46:45 PM PDT by llevrok (The next "greatest generation" is now.)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Great thread, GB! You did GOOD!!! Awesome plane, and it will be missed! (((hugs)))

19 posted on 06/19/2006 9:47:07 PM PDT by LUV W ("Rather than mourning those who have died, we should thank God that such men lived.")
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To: MJY1288
"Isn't it a fact that no F-14 has ever been shot down in combat, or is that the F-15?"

I don't know about it's US service, but I do remember reading that there have been F-14's shot down in the service of Iran during Iran-Iraq war.
20 posted on 06/19/2006 9:57:25 PM PDT by Madison Moose
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To: GodBlessUSA
Thank you so very much for your kind words. This site does so very much for the morale of our Services; and we deeply appreciate your superlative efforts herein.

"Bravo Zulu", GodBless!
21 posted on 06/19/2006 9:57:31 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: GodBlessUSA

Great presentation!!!
It's easy to understand the feelings of all those who have had and association with the F-14s as they fly into the retirement sunset. Feel the same way as I read about ships like mine when they are decommissioned and sold or scrapped.

They will live forever though in the hearts of those who built 'em, flew 'em and maintained 'em. Even those with an indirect connection will feel that lump in the throat.

Thanks for the presentation.

Well Done, F-14. You've served your country well.


22 posted on 06/19/2006 11:05:18 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: GodBlessUSA
Great post, GeeBee. You found some awesome F14 photos. I wish I knew more about military jets so that I could identify them when I see them - and remember them the next time I see them. I don't know one from another, but my husband can practically identify them when he hears them flying over (well, that's a bit of an exaggeration). LOL.

I truly admire the pilots that fly these incredible birds. I can't imagine being entrusted with a 38 million dollar jet.

Can you imagine landing this plane on that little tiny carrier??! YIKES!


23 posted on 06/19/2006 11:23:20 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear military pilot's wings.)
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To: All
Just beautiful!


24 posted on 06/19/2006 11:39:57 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear military pilot's wings.)
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To: GodBlessUSA; Finest FRiends; All

http://www.topedge.com/panels/aircraft/hangar/avi/f14/2tombrr3.avi


25 posted on 06/20/2006 12:49:03 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: GodBlessUSA

I love that pic with the P O E !


26 posted on 06/20/2006 12:50:07 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: GodBlessUSA

I love that pic with the P O A !


27 posted on 06/20/2006 12:50:39 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: SC Swamp Fox

Wow! Cool # 14!


28 posted on 06/20/2006 12:51:58 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: The Mayor

Really great # 16!


29 posted on 06/20/2006 12:53:11 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: Mama_Bear

Breathtaking #'s 23 & 24!


30 posted on 06/20/2006 12:55:37 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: GodBlessUSA

31 posted on 06/20/2006 1:25:20 AM PDT by Snomover
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To: GodBlessUSA; Finest FRiends; All

32 posted on 06/20/2006 1:41:34 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: GodBlessUSA

Proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.....


33 posted on 06/20/2006 1:56:49 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Snomover

Awesome...just made that my desktop...


34 posted on 06/20/2006 2:02:19 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: GodBlessUSA
Thanks for the ping. Another good post.

5.56mm

35 posted on 06/20/2006 4:44:25 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: llevrok
What a wonderful day you must have had! I would love to go to an air show. We have had some, not nearby but close enough to go. I will get there.

From time to time, we do get Military Aircraft fly through here and my family always run out to see what aircraft is flying over. :)

36 posted on 06/20/2006 4:45:59 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: LUV W
Good Morning Luv :)
Thank You so much.
37 posted on 06/20/2006 4:47:47 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA
Thanks for the great thread GeeBee. Didn't know about this "retirement". What is/has replaced it? F15? how different are they I wonder. & what will be done with the ones currently in service. (sold on E-bay). don't expect you to research but perhaps a visitor here will know.

Seems like no matter what question one throws out to FReeperland, someone knows the answer (it may not be correct but usually there are one or more offerings)

Gone most of yesterday & must get a lot done today to make up for Monday & the weekend. Some major MUST DO projects.
38 posted on 06/20/2006 4:51:50 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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Thank You so much dk/coro! :)
I'm thankful for this site. So many people, from all over the country and world, come together and share in honoring our Military. Americans are so blessed by our Military.
39 posted on 06/20/2006 5:11:10 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; deadhead; ...

June 20, 2006

Legal Versus Right

READ: Acts 5:17-29

Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” —Acts 5:29 In his powerful book Unspeakable, Os Guinness wrestles with the problem of evil in the world. In one section, he focuses on the Nuremberg trials that followed World War II. The Nazis stood charged with crimes against humanity, and their mantra of defense was simple: “I was merely following orders.” The verdict, however, was that the soldiers had a moral obligation to defy orders that, though legal, were clearly wrong.

In a much different context, Peter and the disciples were arrested for presenting the message of the risen Christ and brought before the religious rulers in Jerusalem. Rather than allowing themselves to be shaped by the mood of the mob, the disciples declared their intention to continue preaching Christ.

The orders of the religious establishment may have been legal, but they were wrong. When the disciples chose to obey God rather than the godless religious leaders, they raised a standard of conviction that rose above the opinions of the rulers of this world.

The trials we face may test our commitment. But we will find opportunities to exalt the King if we trust Him for the strength to go beyond the words of the crowd-pleasers and do right as He defines it in His Word. Bill Crowder

Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to blame?”
And fold the hand and acquiesce—oh, shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name,
Be strong!  —Babcock

We must choose daily the way of the cross over the way of the crowd.  —Warren

Bible in One Year: Bible in One Year:   Esther 1-2; Acts 5:1-21


40 posted on 06/20/2006 5:11:40 AM PDT by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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Good Morning Diver Dave
Thanks :) I can't imagine the emotions someone feels, who's aircraft/ship has been decommissioned. It affect me and I've never had the opportunity to even see one in person.


41 posted on 06/20/2006 5:28:57 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Mama_Bear
Hi Mama_Bear :)
How are you? My hubby can id them also. It's fun. If we hear a Military Aircraft, we all run out to see what Aircraft is flying over. Excellent photos :)
42 posted on 06/20/2006 5:35:03 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

Hi SC Swamp Fox :)
Great photo of F-14


43 posted on 06/20/2006 5:35:34 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA; Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dutchess; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; ...
Thank You Gee Bee!Great thread! I am my house in Central Texas on OLD , slow dial up..I must get some house repairs done while I am here.

I got a lot done while this loaded..It was worth the wait!..

I am away from my computer with all my files so posting graphics is very limited for me.

Yesterday this computer froze.Please excuse my not answering or commenting much for awhile..As long as I can get this old buggy online. I will read, but need my phone and cannot stay on line as much as usual.

Thanks again for this interesting thread and comments.

*God Bless All Who Serve Our Country*

44 posted on 06/20/2006 5:38:21 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Good Morning Dolly :)
I think, not sure, (just like you said, we are lucky, there is always someone who knows on FR) a few other Aircrafts takes it's place. I recall reading something about the Hornet. Have a wonderful day, Dolly!


45 posted on 06/20/2006 5:40:36 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

Hi Maj :)
I wish that link worked for me. I think it's just my media player that won't do the job. Thanks so much!


46 posted on 06/20/2006 5:41:23 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: MEG33
Good Morning Meg :)
I read you are on dial up. You posted an awesome photo of F-18, fly by of Mount Rushmore, yesterday! Is that the right plane? I hope you get a lot done. It's frustrating when we are use to fast connection and then we have a slower one. It's always better than none, right, LOL
47 posted on 06/20/2006 5:43:40 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: The Mayor

Good Morning The Mayor :)


48 posted on 06/20/2006 5:44:24 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Hi!


49 posted on 06/20/2006 5:45:32 AM PDT by The Mayor ( http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: GodBlessUSA
I could fly a jet, if I wanted to. I don't want to.

Weinie

50 posted on 06/20/2006 5:55:03 AM PDT by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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