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F/A-18 E/F Transition Schedule Questions.

Wed Oct 10, 2001 9:49 am

With VF-14 and VF-41 still on cruise and continueing to fly the F-14, will another set of squadrons take their transition places? Both of these squadrons were supposed to transition to the "Super Hornet" last month when they returned from the cruise on the Enterprise. With the September 11th tragedy, they have continued to stay in the Arabian Sea and are now using their "Bombcats" against the Taliban.
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RE: F/A-18 E/F Transition Schedule Questions.

Wed Oct 10, 2001 3:20 pm

Great! the more time F14 spends with the USN, the better chance it has. Super Hornet is a poor replacement for the Tom cat.

I sincerely hope the replacement happens when the war is on in afganistan. it will be a perfect baptism by fire for the super hornet. Then we can see if it really is as good as the people who designed it say it is.

Personally i would like to get feedbacks from pilots who have switched from the F14, F18 to the SuperHornet. They are the ultimate judges.



RE: F/A-18 E/F Transition Schedule Questions.

Wed Oct 17, 2001 1:55 pm

from what i have heard the f-18 slow hornet is the biggest mistake the navy ever made!they are not even as good as as the orignal hornets let alone a tomcat! i doubt VF-14 and VF-41 pilots want to trade there tomcats in for F-18 super hornets!

RE: F/A-18 E/F Transition Schedule Questions.

Thu Oct 18, 2001 3:46 pm

The US Navy should send all of it's P&W TF-30 powered F-14A Tomcats that are stored at Davis-Monthan AFB Arizona back to Grumman/Northrop Corporation in Long Island NY to be refurbished and modernized with all of the equipment found on the F-14D Super Tomcat such as the two 27,000lb thrust GE F110-400 turbofan engines.
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Thu Oct 18, 2001 10:56 pm

As much as I'd like to see that, I live on Long Island and the Gruman plants here are closed down. They are now owned by the county which is deciding what to do with them. Originally they were supposed to be a cargo and light aicraft port, but local groups shot that down. Now a race track, golf course, park, condos, etc.; are all ideas that have been floated around. The only thing left right now is a memorial with a F14 on top of a stand, looks cool


Sun Oct 21, 2001 6:09 pm

If the Grumman plants in Long Island are closed down, where is the company operating from? Maybe the refurbishing and modernization with these older F-14As can be done at this other location?
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RE: CV640

Tue Oct 23, 2001 10:26 am

Gruman was bought by Northrop, a major subcontractor on the F18 program so I doubt you'll see a push by them to improve the Tomcat. A lot of Islanders here were btter for a while after the buyout as they basically cleaned house and shut down all their plants here. Miss seeing the Tomcats flying overhead on test flights, fond memories, sad to see the plant basically falling apart. It did house the reconstructed TWA 800 for a few years, but that's all.

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