RC135X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2991 times:
Quoting Michlis (Reply 1): Looking at that F-14, I seem to notice an engine access panel removed and I think the swing-wing mechanism is exposed too. I'm guessing this F-14 hasn't seen a lot of flight time lately.
It also appears that the RIO's instrumental panel coaming (and presumably the panel and gear thereunder) are missing. Compare with this example:
Michlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2807 times:
Quoting Wvsuperhornet (Reply 6): Very sad to see a perfectly good F-14 in such poor condition, even if it is Iranian. I was woundering if the US would ever try to cut a deal with Iran to get those aircraft back.
And deprive an F-22 of a perfectly good target?!
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 7): Why not with a little money and their low flight times we could at least muster a couple of squadrons of F-14 incase they are needed.
The Navy is done with the F-14, hence the mass scrapping of its Tomcat fleet. The money can be better spent elsewhere.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2759 times:
Quoting Wvsuperhornet (Reply 6): I was woundering if the US would ever try to cut a deal with Iran to get those aircraft back.
Iran is keeping those airplanes and probably flying a few of them regularly as a way of giving the finger to the US. The only way those airplanes are going to stop flying completely is if someone blows them up.