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Last F-14 Flight On CNN  
User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

For those who are interested.

29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

Can't figure out which looks hotter, the Tomcat or that news-babe in the flight suit!

User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4820 times:

Correction, last flight for a reporter in an F-14.

Quoting Queso (Reply 1):
Can't figure out which looks hotter, the Tomcat or that news-babe in the flight suit!

That's easy, the F-14.


User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4689 times:

Lucky them! The reporter that is. Tomorrow morning will be the final fly-by for the 'cats, then the retirement ceremony and then to the desert. A very sad, sad day.

Kevin


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4678 times:

IMHO they should have given that ride to some young enlised guy in VF-31 who has worked long hours on the night shift keeping those birds flying. But that's just me.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4665 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 4):
IMHO they should have given that ride to some young enlised guy in VF-31 who has worked long hours on the night shift keeping those birds flying. But that's just me.

Stop making sense..  Big grin


User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4649 times:

 Sad I'm gonna go watch Top Gun now... for the old times.

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4646 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 6):
I'm gonna go watch Top Gun now... for the old times.

Do you want me to rattle off the list of inaccuarcies to ruin the movie for you?  Wink


User currently offlineBoeing Nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4568 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 7):
Do you want me to rattle off the list of inaccuarcies to ruin the movie for you?

That's why it's called a movie instead of a documentary.  Wink


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4562 times:

Quoting Boeing Nut (Reply 8):
That's why it's called a movie instead of a documentary.

That means some documentaries should be called movies.  Wink


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4507 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 6):
I'm gonna go watch Top Gun now... for the old times.

Top Gun is now officially a "classic" movie. frown 


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
Top Gun is now officially a "classic" movie.

Hasn't it been considered a classic for quite some time now?

Marc


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
Top Gun is now officially a "classic" movie.

Hasn't it been considered a classic for quite some time now?

Kinda-sorta. It is now, no doubt, with the retirement of the Tomcat.

My cousin's ex flew the -14, and was at the time (don't know about now), a Top Gun Instructor. Visited them in SAN in '91, and saw his trophy and everything. He gave us a tour of the hangar at Mirmar. It was pretty damn awesome.

Definitely the end of a military era.


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

I was just wondering.....keeping money out of the picture, how long do you guys think it will be before someone can buy a Tomcat and restore it to flying status. I know after I'm a millionaire, I want one of them as my private jet Big grin.

Marc


User currently offlineConcordeGBOAD From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4445 times:

The Tomcat is one of my favorite planes. It is truly sad to see it go.

The local news station has a video clip of the ceremony.

http://www.10news.com/video/9912631/index.html

Apparently plane 102 did the taxi, but went MX and plane 107 actually did the ceremonial take off.


The last of the Grumman machines!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=N7CkWTq9YAM
http://planeflicks.com/videos/General_Aviation_Videos/F14_Tomcat


User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4443 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
Hasn't it been considered a classic for quite some time now?

The key word in my post is officially, but I said my post jokingly. Top Gun is 20 years old this year, if I am not mistaken, so it is pretty much a classic.


User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4422 times:

I was there and actually saw it today and it was pretty unimpressive. Its pretty sad that the jet went down for maintenance and they had to use a spare. Just comes to show that the Tomcat is ready to go. Apparently they had this elaborate demonstration/flyby planned, but the Admiral (Airlant) turned it down due to the antics of VF-31 recently. Speaking of, they almost had a mid-air yesterday at some fly-by they did. As I've said before, this squadron is a mishap waiting to happen and they will still be flying the Tomcat for the next two weeks or so.

User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4399 times:

Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 16):
I was there and actually saw it today and it was pretty unimpressive.

For once, I agree with you, Ftrguy. It was just a ceremonial "planned" fly-by and that was it. Nothing special for all the people who showed up. Thanks!

Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 16):
Its pretty sad that the jet went down for maintenance and they had to use a spare

She's 34 years old, but it was kinda a bad timing, tho. But using ship 107 worked. Would you rather want to go there and not see the Tomcat fly? This was only an option. I bet a lot of people would've been disappointed if they didn't get to see her fly once last time. But the retro scheme was pretty nice. Oh yea, a lot of folks were wondering where did Felix 107 go after the fly-by. Well, she went to Chambers Field.

Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 16):



Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 16):
this squadron is a mishap waiting to happen

Well, there goes our reputation.

Regards,

Kevin


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4345 times:

Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 16):
I was there and actually saw it today and it was pretty unimpressive.

If I did'nt know any better I would say your almost hoping for something to happen.


User currently offlineN911ME From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4322 times:

I am in the middle of watching Top Gun right now and I just found this thread - very sad day. If you guys are die-hard 'Turkey' fans, there are some great DVD's on eBay.....the Fighter Fling DVD's. I bought one as it's 3 hours of nothing but Tomcat footage. If you love the Tomcat, you'll love these!

User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

Quoting N911ME (Reply 19):
I bought one as it's 3 hours of nothing but Tomcat footage. If you love the Tomcat, you'll love these!

Thanks for the information. That's fine with me. I spent my first 4 years on shore and out to sea working on the Tomcats and I've seen everything on what it can do. I have many photos and videos from my last cruise with VF-31 and they will cherish and remember the F-14s forever for me, and I'll show them to my future kids when they get older.  Smile

Kevin


User currently offlineN911ME From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4099 times:

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 20):
I have many photos and videos from my last cruise with VF-31

Funny you should say that: on one of the Fighter Fling videos, they speak of wondering if the Tomcatters will become the "HORNETTES" (after conversion)! LOL! I deeply respect anyone who ever was around, worked on, or flew the Tomcat - my favorite aircraft of all time!


User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting N911ME (Reply 21):
I deeply respect anyone who ever was around, worked on, or flew the Tomcat - my favorite aircraft of all time!

Thanks! She was also my all-time favourite fighter jet.

Kevin


User currently offlineGalaxy5007 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 621 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3971 times:

The best part was it was LOUD!

User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

What are they going to replace the F14 with?

25 RichardPrice : F/A-18 Super Hornet. Designed around the basic F-18 Hornet, but massively improved and larger airframe.
26 LMP737 : Mine as well, however since the F-14 was the first aircraft I ever laid my hands on I guess it goes without saying. The one thing I will fondly remem
27 DB777 : A Tomcat was flown into Opa-locka Thursday afternoon from Oceana. I don't have the reggie but there's a "100" painted on the nose and they painted CAG
28 GOCAPS16 : He's a former F-14 aviator here in Oceana til he retired from the Navy. Kevin
29 DB777 : The Miami Herald article that came out after my post says that he is on the board of directors for the Fantasy of Flight museum at Kendall-Tamiami Ex
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