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45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:14 am

I remembered a few days past the 40th anniversary, and decided not to post since the date had past. No one surprisingly made mention of the date either. I made a note not to forget the 45th.

So, happy 45th first flight anniversary F-14, which occurred on 21 December 1970. What a better way to celebrate than watching "Fighter Fling 2004".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibEti1iGYM0
 
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:27 am

This was an awesome plane.
 
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:21 pm

Love the F-14, one of my all time favorites, glad I was able to see it do so many demo flights at airshows back in the day, none of which were better than when Dale 'Snort' Snodgrass was the one doing the flying. Also saw a ERAU alumni do high speed passes, one after the other at the DAB airport the day after the airshow ended. He was departing for home, the C-5 had just taken off and was circle climbing to altitude above the airport, and this F-14 pilot from the Swordsmen just kept doing progressively faster and faster passes. The humidity was just right that day and he was vaporing up real nicely. I'm standing on top of my 250 gallon fuel truck (I was line service for Daytona Beach Jet Center at the time) taking pictures. I know that they aren't allowed to go supersonic but on his last run, as comes in from east to west along 25R he's going wicked fast, faster than I'd ever seen a jet go, so after I grab one final shot as he is just about abeam me I drop the camera down (on its neck strap) and plug my ears for what was sure to be a sonic boom. Well he didn't bust the sound barrier, but he was as close as you can get without doing so. That last picture I snapped showed him with a perfectly formed 60' cone.

One thing I would like to clarify if anyone here would happen to know is this... the rumor at the time was that he lost his wings for that pass, and also that the tower had clocked him at Mach .9. This was 1990, pre internet and go pro and everyone having easy access to video. In the years after I would ask F-14 drivers at the airshow if they heard about it and at least one said they did, but I've always wondered if that was really true. I doubt anyone has video of it because it was on the Monday afternoon on departure day, not during the show.

Here's the shot I got of it, I was a teenager with crappy equipment.

http://s2.postimg.org/tftscos7d/F_14_Sonic.jpg
 
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:57 am

Quoting mpgunner (Reply 1):
Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 2):
the rumor at the time was that he lost his wings for that pass, and also that the tower had clocked him at Mach .9.

I really doubt the Navy would throw away one of their highly trained at great expense fighter pilots for a high speed pass, that sounds like bs.


And how exactly would the tower 'clock him at .9 Mach ? ! '
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:07 am

A plane that was ahead of its time with a lot of what might have been added to the mix.
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:41 pm

This was the best plane that ever was, in my opinion.

I miss it a lot. It's a shame we'll probably never see one fly in US colors again.
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:48 pm

Quoting Max Q (Reply 3):
I really doubt the Navy would throw away one of their highly trained at great expense fighter pilots for a high speed pass, that sounds like bs.

After all, how many high speed passes did Maverick make without being grounded?  
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:05 pm

Awesome video, thanks for sharing. That was funny how they thought the Hornet guys were all gay. Musta been a hard day when they had to step into an F-18 cockpit for the first time.
 
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:08 pm

Quoting Moose135 (Reply 6):
After all, how many high speed passes did Maverick make without being grounded?  

Reminds me of the F-105 Thud flyby over the Air Force Academy in 1968. Busted mach and broke numerous glass panes injuring several people.

You would have assumed he was up the creek, but investigation showed his mach indicator was out of tolerance and he got off lightly. Who could blame a Thud pilot. They were flying the most dangerous missions of any combat aircraft on their bombing missions over 'Route Pack Six' suffering heavy hits. Make a sonic boom whenever you want, Warrior!

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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:12 pm

Quoting Moose135 (Reply 6):
After all, how many high speed passes did Maverick make without being grounded?  

It would have been a very short movie in that case. That and the fact they would never said a pilot off to Top Gun in the middle of a deployment.
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:08 am

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 2):

Here's the shot I got of it, I was a teenager with crappy equipment.

That's a great shot Haveblue, thanks for sharing!!!

F-14 is up there with the Blackbird as my all time favorite
 
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:30 am

Quoting Spudh (Reply 10):
F-14 is up there with the Blackbird as my all time favorite

Are you me? Haha, those are my two all-time favourites as well. The Udvar-Hazy Centre in VA was like entering El Dorado, because it was the first time I was able to see either aircraft in the metal.

Unfortunately, I have never seen them in the air  

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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:37 pm

Quoting Spudh (Reply 10):
That's a great shot Haveblue, thanks for sharing!!!

F-14 is up there with the Blackbird as my all time favorite


Thanks Spudh! And my top 3 aircraft of all time are the F-14, SR-71 and XB-70.

Quoting angad84 (Reply 11):
Are you me? Haha, those are my two all-time favourites as well.

Yep, Tomcat, Blackbird and Valkyrie are mine, and have seen them all in person. As for the Blackbird I have seen the A-12, YF-12, SR-71 and D-21 in person. Only ever got to see the F-14 fly though.
 
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:07 pm

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 2):
the rumor at the time was that he lost his wings for that pass,

Nope, never happened.
 
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RE: 45th Anniversary F-14 First Flight

Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:30 pm

Forty five years ago today was the first crash/ejection from an F-14. Hydraulic system failure.



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