LMP737
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Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:35 am

For those who are interested.
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:52 am

Can't figure out which looks hotter, the Tomcat or that news-babe in the flight suit!
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:58 am

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.
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:00 am

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
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:24 am

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.
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:20 am

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
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:10 am

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

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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:14 am

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
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:10 pm

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
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:37 pm

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
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 4:47 am

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 
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:11 am

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
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:37 am

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.
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:57 am

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
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:05 am

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
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:20 am

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.
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:31 am

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.
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:59 am

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,

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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:31 pm

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.
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:20 am

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!
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:56 am

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
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:29 am

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!
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:48 am

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.

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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Tue Sep 26, 2006 9:36 pm

The best part was it was LOUD!
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:08 am

What are they going to replace the F14 with?
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Wed Sep 27, 2006 4:35 am

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 24):
What are they going to replace the F14 with?

F/A-18 Super Hornet.

Designed around the basic F-18 Hornet, but massively improved and larger airframe.
 
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 29, 2006 9:29 am

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 22):
Thanks! She was also my all-time favourite fighter jet.

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 remember is that I was able to see the first "official" F-14D display at the 1991 Miramar Air Show. Along with seeing the last "official" F-14 display at the 2005 Oceana Air Show. Not many people can say that.
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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:13 pm

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 Captain Dale Snodgrass under the cockpit. He's a retired Navy Captain down here who was on hand to greet the crew.

The aircraft will have the wings removed at OPF so they can truck everything down to the Fantasy of Flight museum at Kendall-Tamiami Exec Airport. The news station said they didn't fly into TMB because the runways were too short, yet they have a 5000 foot runway there which is ample.


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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:01 am

Quoting DB777 (Reply 27):
CAG Captain Dale Snodgrass



Quoting DB777 (Reply 27):
He's a retired Navy Captain

He's a former F-14 aviator here in Oceana til he retired from the Navy.

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RE: Last F-14 Flight On CNN

Sun Oct 01, 2006 4:01 pm

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 28):
He's a former F-14 aviator here in Oceana til he retired from the Navy.

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 Executive Airport and that he has more hours in the Tomcat than any other naval aviator. I imagine he was instrumental in getting the Navy to give the aircraft to the museum. They interviewed him on the local TV news and he said he couldn't believe the Oceana folks painted his name below the canopy. He sure is a young-looking O-6 or I'm getting old as hell.

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