View Full Version : Negative, ghostrider, the pattern is full

06-16-2006, 06:52 PM
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-bzgrumm...rack=mostemailedlink (http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-bzgrumm16,0,5658213.story?coll=ny-mets-print&track=mostemailedlink)

06-16-2006, 06:52 PM
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-bzgrumm...rack=mostemailedlink (http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-bzgrumm16,0,5658213.story?coll=ny-mets-print&track=mostemailedlink)

06-16-2006, 08:11 PM
Although I'm a big fan of the SUPERBUG{f/a-18E}I'll miss the BIG CAT.

06-16-2006, 09:24 PM
I remember when they were doing the first flight testings for the F-14. It was the first plane designed around a missle, the Phoenix. In one of the initial flight weapons tests, the Tomcat was supposed to fire at a drone over Nellis. For some reason the drone malfunctioned and crashed. Apparently, the missles IFF(Identification friend or foe) gear also malfunctioned. So when the Phoenix was unable to acquire the target drone, it looked for the next available target, the launch plane. So the F-14 Tomcat became the first plane in history to shoot itself down with it's own missle.

06-17-2006, 12:10 AM
LOL, great reporting their, or proof reading!

"Like Barto, John Devaney, a 29-year Grumman worker, witnessed the F-14's history from the start. In 1969, Devaney helped write the F-14's proposal, which included a full-scale model of the jet."

Didn't know it was on the way out now. Bit of a bummer.


06-17-2006, 05:47 AM
A Sad ending to the Distinguished Career of a Great aircraft.

F-14 breaking the Sound Barrier

Ruy Horta
06-17-2006, 05:57 AM
The USN has a strong lineage of sexy jet fighters.

The F-4, F-8, F-11F, F-9F, the F-14 was part of that string. Even the A-4 is a beaut!

Although personally I find the Phantom, Crusader and Panther (in that order) even sexier!

The F/A-18 somehow doesn't capture my imagination as these other jets did.

06-17-2006, 06:46 AM
I remember summer vacations at the beach and I would scan the skies hoping for a glimpse of the Navy's newest fighter, the F-14 Tomcat. She was a thing of beauty, a deadly hunter, and real show stopper at airshows. She will be missed.

S! to the Tomcat and those who flew and maintained her.

06-17-2006, 08:37 AM
Believe it or not, when I was younger one of the ladies in my Church worked on the Tomcat. She used to give us these stickers featuring a heletd tomcat speaking rather suggestively about "getting some". I had them all over my highschool loose leaf binder. Didn't know what they were about till years later

Da Worfster