Bye Bye to the F14 Tomcats

Bye Bye to the F14 Tomcats

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    Bye Bye to the F14 Tomcats

    To prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, a bunch of them are being shreaded.

    Read It Here
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    It's sad to see that happening. The F-14's always were beautiful when they landed at Luke. It amazed me how they dwarfed the F-16 and how differently the Navy did things. (No booties on top of a jet, those funny helmets, loading bombs by hand...) I wonder why they're not being retired to the boneyard at Davis-Motham AFB?
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    I read that earlier. I understand the reasoning, but man, it's sad. Hate to see them go.

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    It's a crying shame. Love those aircraft. We should mothball the fleet of 'em and stow them away someplace. I know we've got 200 A-6 Intruders doing that, ready for export.
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    Sad to hear it, but I understand why.
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    Being a former Navy filghtdeck worker. I can tell there is nothing badder than watching a Tomcat beat the shuttle to the deck. Catapult? We don't need no stinkin Cataplult. Oh and jet blast diflectors glow a pretty red after a little afterburner.....hehe
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    Watching that video, seeing a bird torn up like that was rather sad. At least they stripped the engines and hopefully as many of the black boxes and AME off first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4my son View Post
    To prevent them from falling into the wrong hands, a bunch of them are being shreaded.

    Read It Here
    As the former manager of F-14 spare parts when I was in the Navy, can I say "that's just WRONG!!!"
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    :( Surely, there's a better way to keep them secure than destroying them. Those planes deserve a better end.

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    The Phantom (F4) and I joined the Navy at aproxtimately the same time. I have spent many hours on a flight deck with those aircraft. The Phantom and I retired from the Navy at aproxtimately the same time. I just hope that I meet a less dramatic end than that wonderful old bird has. I was on the JFK (Kennedy) when the first two squadrons of Tomcats went to sea. The Tomcat was a beauty of warbird. Twin Tailed Terrors was our nickname for them. All Good things finally come to an end.
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    Well you can always throw your copy of Top Gun in the DVD player and crank the surround sound......

    Hate to see that happen to such fine aircraft. I loved these planes as a boy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derrin33 View Post
    Being a former Navy filghtdeck worker. I can tell there is nothing badder than watching a Tomcat beat the shuttle to the deck. Catapult? We don't need no stinkin Cataplult. Oh and jet blast diflectors glow a pretty red after a little afterburner.....hehe
    You got it man, I was a mech, and spent many many hrs on a flight deck...I loved watching the Tomcat roll up to the cat, and watch the front end drop just prior to hooking up to the shuttle. I was an S3 Viking guy, but it almost brought a tear to my eye to see the Tomcats go. In my opinion, that was the poster plane for Naval Aviation.

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