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Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:04 am

There been many times when I started to accept the Rhinos as the USN main fighter jet, and somebody on my ship talk about how great the Tomcat was. I never got to see one lunch off the flight deck and it bother me. I need a advice on how to let this one go.
 
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:38 pm

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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:48 pm

You're not the only one with this issue. I happened to be home for a while on Sat and saw that "Top Gun" was on. No more Tomcat and no more Miramar for the USN. What a fall from glory.
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:11 pm

Take a trip to Iran. You won't see them launch from a carrier, but at least they are operational.  Wink
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:55 pm

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
I need a advice on how to let this one go.



Quoting Cx747 (Reply 2):
You're not the only one with this issue.

Perhaps a support group?   

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 3):
Take a trip to Iran. You won't see them launch from a carrier, but at least they are operational

Yeah, but how "operational" are they. Just being able to taxi with a push from the ground crew doesn't count. You'd be better off taking a trip down memory lane at the bone yard.

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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:22 pm

I completely understand your pain. My father worked for Grumman and was involved with the F-14. I would spend many weekends with him at work and watch the F-14's and A-6E's all day. I got my first ride in an F-14 at the age of 9...what a plane! It kills me to see one just sitting at the American Airpower Museum at FRG, an empty shell.

My father told me that there wouldn't be any F-14's preserved here in the US...even for air show purposes. Is that true? The two F-14's that I have seen on display (1 at FRG and 1 in SAN at the USS Midway) seem to only be set up for static display, never to take to the air again.  cry 
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:36 pm



Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 5):
My father told me that there wouldn't be any F-14's preserved here in the US...even for air show purposes. Is that true?

There's one on display in the "Air Zoo" (museum) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:09 am



Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 5):
My father told me that there wouldn't be any F-14's preserved here in the US...even for air show purposes. Is that true?

No, no more flying F-14s in the US. There are lot's on display, but none flightworthy. Hope you got to see the jet at FRG when she arrived - that was the final USN flight of a Tomcat anywhere.

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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:28 am

Still a great looking bird... such a shame... blame Dumbass Rumsfeld and his ego for scrapping the Super Tomcat and the scrapping of the Tomcats.
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:24 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 6):
There's one on display in the "Air Zoo" (museum) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Point in fact...that F-14A there at the Air Zoo is probably one of the best kept secrets...they've still got everything with it. Engines, gun, cockpit, ejection seats etc...

Made a trip back home in Jan just to get pictures of it along with the SR-71B they have there.
 
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:40 pm



Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
I need a advice on how to let this one go.

Why let go ? Just join the Iranian Air Force  Smile
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Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:47 pm



Cant say that this video will make help, but it is sure a awesome video!  Smile
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:37 pm



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
blame Dumbass Rumsfeld and his ego for scrapping the Super Tomcat and the scrapping of the Tomcats.

Don't blame Rumsfeld, blame his friend Dick Chaney.
 
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:18 pm

My love for aviation started with the movie Top Gun when I was 9 and went from there, I've been in love with the big cat ever since. If a support group won't help, when you're not on a.net (like me) come on over to http://www.tomcat-sunset.org/forums/index.php you'll find plenty of great people with the same love.

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It's ashame to not only see the F-18 replace the F-14, but the A-6, KA-6, and now in 2009 the EA-6B. Could the E-2C be next??

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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:25 pm

I was under the impression that the Tomcat's main sin was being a maintenance hog. Would that also be true of the canceled new versions, if built?
 
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:24 am

Quoting 747400sp (Reply 12):


Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
blame Dumbass Rumsfeld and his ego for scrapping the Super Tomcat and the scrapping of the Tomcats.

Don't blame Rumsfeld, blame his friend Dick Chaney.

I loved the Tomcat too, but let's not get political. If you want to throw around blame, then why not blame President Regan and Gorbachev for bringing an end to the Cold War? That's the war the bird was designed to fight, and the days for a long range interceptor were numbered once the Cold War came to an end. It's really that simple. Doesn't have that much to do with politics, but I'm sure those suffering Bush Administration Derangement Syndrome love having one more thing to try and contribute the blame to? If that's really the case, that doesn't make sense though because I thought the Administration was just burning us into further national debt and wasting our tax dollars? This just can't be if the other major reason for retirement was to save the vast amount of hours and dollars in maintenance it kept to keep the Tomcat flying. So which is it?

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 5):
I completely understand your pain. My father worked for Grumman and was involved with the F-14. I would spend many weekends with him at work and watch the F-14's and A-6E's all day. I got my first ride in an F-14 at the age of 9...

If I may ask, just how did you get that opportunity? That would be awesome! And I thought I was a lucky kid when I use to get to fly on Delta or United 2-3 times a year to visit family! I didn't think it was possible for a civilian to get a ride in a fighter like that no matter whose family member they were? Especially at nine years old! Unless you're one of the local news reporters that go up in the Blue Angels or Thunderbird jets the day before an airshow. I wouldn't think a nine year old would be too compatible with an ejection seat if it were necessary to use one!

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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:40 pm



Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 15):
Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 8):
blame Dumbass Rumsfeld and his ego for scrapping the Super Tomcat and the scrapping of the Tomcats.

Don't blame Rumsfeld, blame his friend Dick Chaney.

I loved the Tomcat too, but let's not get political. If you want to throw around blame, then why not blame President Regan and Gorbachev for bringing an end to the Cold War? That's the war the bird was designed to fight, and the days for a long range interceptor were numbered once the Cold War came to an end. It's really that simple. Doesn't have that much to do with politics, but I'm sure those suffering Bush Administration Derangement Syndrome love having one more thing to try and contribute the blame to? If that's really the case, that doesn't make sense though because I thought the Administration was just burning us into further national debt and wasting our tax dollars? This just can't be if the other major reason for retirement was to save the vast amount of hours and dollars in maintenance it kept to keep the Tomcat flying. So which is it?

Rumsfeld (not sure about Cheney but it wouldn't surprise me) backed the wrong horse so to speak back in the day and so was spiteful of Grumman ever since... he bided his time until he was in a position of enough power and pulled the plug on production of the Super-Tomcat which would have been a much more advanced aircraft, much less maintenance intensive and would have offered greater capability with lower operating costs. Once the Super-Tomcat was killed, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the Tomcats got served their death sentance as many were getting old, they were maintenance intensive, and whilst they adapted and performed many roles better than Hornets/Super Hornets, Rumsfeld wanted to stick it to Grumman (now Northrop Grumman) and that was that.
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RE: Need A Little Help Getting Over Tomcats

Sat Mar 15, 2008 6:03 am



Quoting AGC525 (Reply 13):
's ashame to not only see the F-18 replace the F-14, but the A-6, KA-6, and now in 2009 the EA-6B.

I actually think it is great that the USN got the green light for the F-18E/F/G. The cost and operational efficiencies will actually enable the Navy to be relevant. The F14 was mostly irrelevant by the first Gulf war. It performed nothing more than token CAP missions at a very high cost.

How is the USN better off with the F-18EFG?

Going forward even a solo/unsuported (by USAF tankers, AWACS, etc) navy package will probably be a a couple of F-18Gs with enough radar/comm jamming pods each to warm up your coffee from 100 nm away plus the anti radiation missiles, 4 or so a-2-a configured F18Es with Slammer Ds, two tranmitting, two hunting, 4+ F-18E/Fs with JDAMs, enough F18 buddy tankers. All of these with EASA radars, datalinked, low RCS, mapped ingress/egress routes.

Do you get the power? A single type jamming, harming, bombing, CAPing, refueling, all coming in at M0.95+. The Gs will stear you between radar strong holds, JAM/destroy the critical ones, mess up your comms. The Es will CAP with EASA, the E/Fs will come in with optical fiber towed decoys do drop the load. It is very unlikely that a non AESA/less stealthy can challenge the CAP. It is very unlikely that SAMs would be effective unless they fire on the order of 100 missiles at the package.

How was the USN better off before the Super Bug, having to send in mixed packages of F14s, A6, KA16 and short ranged F-18C/D.

Now, in 10 years, we get rid of the F18C/D and replace them with F35s. What an awesome air wing it will be.

The F14 is an awesome plane - but its time had really passed it by. I, for one, am glad it was retired from service before turning into a caricature of a plane with no mission.
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