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U.S. DoD Retro-Photo of the Day: The Awesome...The Magnificent...The Mighty U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat!
U.S. Department of Defense ^ | February 1, 1991 | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Posted on 11/21/2010 10:39:13 AM PST by EnjoyingLife


Operation Desert Storm, 1 February 1991 -- A U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat fighter jet (assigned to Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia) flies over burning Kuwaiti oil wells. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060914.htm (medium, large)  



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: chat; f14; navair; tomcat; usn; usnavy
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1 posted on 11/21/2010 10:39:18 AM PST by EnjoyingLife
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To: EnjoyingLife

It’s a terribly handsome plane. Too bad they can’t swap out engines, electronics, and avionics on existing or built-new F-14s.

Wonder when they’ll remake “Top Gun” with F-22s?


2 posted on 11/21/2010 11:05:46 AM PST by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

The engine nozzles, plus the single TCS mount in the nose (as opposed to the dual TSC/IRST mount in the F-14D) give this particular Tomcat away as an F-14B, rather than an “A” (although it might have been one of the initial upgrades under the F-14A+ program).


4 posted on 11/21/2010 11:15:52 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: guerito1
A remake of “Top Gun” today, or in the near future, would be done with either the F-18 or possibly F-35. No?

Or C-2As, with Maverick now in the twilight of his career and relegated to flying rubber dog sh*t out of Hong Kong.
5 posted on 11/21/2010 11:17:18 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: ROTB

I read somewhere that a remake is planned and Cruise is going to play an TG instructor.


6 posted on 11/21/2010 11:20:21 AM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: EnjoyingLife

It just looks wicked. Don’t know if it’s the variable wings, or the twin engines, or just the fact that it’s a (comparitively) large fighter, but the Tomcat looks like it can get the job done.

I remember reading about fighter planes way back when I was in high school… this and the F-15 impressed me most. They were considering anti-satellite missiles at the time, and the F-15 was the only platform that could fly straight up, full vertical, for long enough to lock onto the target and fire the missile (so said the book, anyway). And, of course, the F-14. Tremendous speed, carrier based, the Phoenix missile, and it’s amazing radar capability. What a plane!

Definitely miss these babies.


7 posted on 11/21/2010 11:31:27 AM PST by Mr. Thorne ("But iron, cold iron, shall be master of them all..." Kipling)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Oh my. What a beautiful bird. Even with the blurry screen, small smile...

I see you your video, and raise you mine ; }

This one is missing my favorite Dependants Cruise sonic pass, (Don’t Blink!!) but the shot at 45 seconds and 50 seconds ALMOST make up for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhyprrof0JM


8 posted on 11/21/2010 11:37:29 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: EnjoyingLife

Oh my. What a beautiful bird. Even with the blurry screen, small smile...

I see you your video, and raise you mine ; }

This one is missing my favorite Dependants Cruise sonic pass, (Don’t Blink!!) but the shot at 45 seconds and 50 seconds ALMOST make up for it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhyprrof0JM

Fly Navy!
Tatt


9 posted on 11/21/2010 11:38:33 AM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: tanknetter
The B was called the A+ before they decided to call it the B. Probably the hardest model to land on the boat due to really peppy motors and a bad HUD. The D model had the same motors, but an advanced HUD with a good velocity vector and a Power Carrot that gave you trend information. In the end game they started putting better HUDs in those aircraft.

Personally, I would have put the digital radar in all the aircraft and left the old Pratt motors in the rest of the jets. It would have cost half as much and we could have done the whole fleet. The compressor stall/spin issue in the A was almost matched by the AB burn through explosion issues in the GE engine.

10 posted on 11/21/2010 12:10:49 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: guerito1

F-22=AirForce and F-14=Navy. Thank you for the correction.

If a “Top Gun” remake in name or spirit MUST involve the Navy, then yes.


11 posted on 11/21/2010 12:45:24 PM PST by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: magslinger

ping


12 posted on 11/21/2010 12:59:00 PM PST by Vroomfondel
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To: ROTB

I’m anxiously awaiting the day I can watch an airshow featuring the USAF Thunderbirds in their F-22s.


13 posted on 11/21/2010 1:02:08 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: tanknetter

ROTFLMFAO!

Heehee...C-2...


14 posted on 11/21/2010 1:10:17 PM PST by rlmorel (TSA's new motto: "You don't get on, Until we get off.")
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To: rlmorel

I feel the need, the need, for ... er, enough capacity to lift Val Kilmer into the air?


15 posted on 11/21/2010 1:57:04 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: EnjoyingLife

I still like my RV6a


16 posted on 11/21/2010 2:38:01 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) The more I see and know Obammy the more I think he's an a-hole.)
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To: Vroomfondel; SC Swamp Fox; Fred Hayek; NY Attitude; P3_Acoustic; investigateworld; lowbuck; ...
SONOBUOY PING!

Click on pic for past Navair pings.

Post or FReepmail me if you wish to be enlisted in or discharged from the Navair Pinglist.
The only requirement for inclusion in the Navair Pinglist is an interest in Naval Aviation.
This is a medium to low volume pinglist.

17 posted on 11/22/2010 1:00:06 PM PST by magslinger ('This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!')
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To: ROTB

Agree it’s “handsome”..I think it’s because the fuselage has curves, arc..which today are NOT stealthy, and therefore we don’t see anymore..but the Tomcat’s shape appeals to us visually, aesthetically..


18 posted on 11/22/2010 1:08:08 PM PST by ken5050 (Palin.Bachman 2012 - FOUR boobs are better than the two we have now!)
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To: EnjoyingLife

While I was in basic Naval Flight Officer training, many different aircraft came to Sherman Field so we students could decide to which community we wanted to go. I remember being surprised at how big the F-14 was, especially for a two-man crew.


19 posted on 11/22/2010 1:19:23 PM PST by pabianice
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To: EnjoyingLife

While I was in basic Naval Flight Officer training, many different aircraft came to Sherman Field so we students could decide to which community we wanted to go. I remember being surprised at how big the F-14 was, especially for a two-man crew.


20 posted on 11/22/2010 1:22:05 PM PST by pabianice
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To: EnjoyingLife

Sexiest aircraft ever.


21 posted on 11/22/2010 2:02:17 PM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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