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  • To all the Tomcat fans out there...

    Via con Dios, F-14...

    http://www.navytimes.com/static.php?...ight080206.php
    Be safe y'all!
    IACOJ Animal Control
    Ladder 8
    "Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati"

  • #2
    That was an excellent find... thank you!
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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    • #3
      Shoot, I though this was a post about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.......

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      • #4
        Wiki has a great article on the F14: Wiki

        Without the ability to re-manufacture or replace the F-14 fleet, the tired and high-maintenance airframes and engines fitted mostly with technology from the 1970s are reaching the limit of their useful lives, though by many standards the F-14 is still competitive or superior to most other operational fighters, including the Super Hornet. A major factor to incorporate the F/A-18E/F and decommission the F-14 is mainly due to the high amount of maintenance required to keep the Tomcats operational.[verification needed] On average, an F-14 requires nearly fifty maintenance hours for every flight hour, five to ten times that required by the F/A-18E/F.
        So you call this your free country
        Tell me why it costs so much to live
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        • #5
          Almost as sad as watching the History Channel last week showing footage of another venerable airframe sitting in the Mojave Desert.......

          The F-4 Phantom II.

          I love the Hornet, but it just doesn't have the draw of the Tomcat.
          "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers

          The borrower is slave to the lender. Proverbs 22:7 - Debt free since 10/5/2009.

          "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." - New York Judge Gideon Tucker

          "As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government." - Dave Barry

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DaSharkie
            Almost as sad as watching the History Channel last week showing footage of another venerable airframe sitting in the Mojave Desert.......

            The F-4 Phantom II.

            I love the Hornet, but it just doesn't have the draw of the Tomcat.
            There is still an F-4 Phantom flying.. It's owned by the Collings Foundation.

            http://www.collingsfoundation.org/tx_f-4dphantom.htm
            ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
            Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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            • #7
              The F-14 had a great run! Nice video.
              Tom

              Never Forget 9-11-2001

              Stay safe out there!

              IACOJ Member

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CaptainGonzo
                There is still an F-4 Phantom flying.. It's owned by the Collings Foundation.
                Yeah, but it isn't killing terrorists.

                It was still sad to see a hundred or so Phantoms dying in the desert.

                All the great warbirds are dying off. Except the venerable Huey and Huey Cobra, which the Marine Corps is still flying. If "slightly" updated models anyway.
                "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers

                The borrower is slave to the lender. Proverbs 22:7 - Debt free since 10/5/2009.

                "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." - New York Judge Gideon Tucker

                "As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government." - Dave Barry

                www.daveramsey.com www.clarkhoward.com www.heritage.org

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the video.............. I don't care if it isn't in service anymore the F-14 will always be my favorite plane.
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                  • #10
                    Any of you guys read the "Combat Aircraft" aircraft magazine? They've had some great articles on the last deployments of the F-14. Next on the chopping block.....S-3 Viking! A real workhorse of the US Navy!
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                    • #11
                      I served in a DDG so I can't get too worked up about the Navy changing horses as it were to the F/A 18.My ship's website www.ussmahan.org has pictures of them cutting her up.I got to the point where the superstructure was gone and I could see where my old rack in 1st Division was and I couldn't go any farther.
                      It is sad that the ships and planes we grew up with are gone or going away but times change and the equipment should too,as long as it's for the better and not because some bureaucrap got the idea his area should make the next big thing for the military.

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                      • #12
                        Wow...I had a friend who crewed a TomCat on the USS Independance CV-62. He said they were horrendous to work on and needed tons of working on to keep 'em up...But, man was they suuuuuuu-weet!

                        Flying a TomCat was by far my first career choice when I graduated from high school...This piece almost mnakes me wanna cry.

                        But...a "disagreement" with the recruiter left me to search out my second career choice--which also flopped...along with #3...

                        And here I am in #4, thanking God everyday for it!

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                        • #13
                          There is many an AF aircraft that is probably not too many years behind the Tomcat. The 15's and A-10's are getting up there in age. Then again you look at the BUFF (B-52 for those not in the know) and it will be flying for at least another decade if not longer and its been around since the 50's.
                          Tom Warshaw
                          Station 13 (Bethel)
                          Sumter Fire Department

                          "Scientists believe that the world is composed mainly of hydrogen because in their opinion, it is the most abundant element. I however, feel the earth is composed mainly of stupidity, because it is more abundant than hydrogen." - Frank Zappa

                          September 11, 2001. We Must Never Forget.

                          In memory of Thomas Sabella, L-13, FDNY


                          All opinions stated are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my department or any organization I may belong to.

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                          • #14
                            Never mind the BUFF's.... how about the KC-135 aerial tankers? They have been flying combat support and refueling missions since 1954!
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                            ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                            Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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                            • #15
                              Good point and the frame for that and the other variants are still flying long after their civilian counterparts have been scrapped or sent to the boneyard.
                              Tom Warshaw
                              Station 13 (Bethel)
                              Sumter Fire Department

                              "Scientists believe that the world is composed mainly of hydrogen because in their opinion, it is the most abundant element. I however, feel the earth is composed mainly of stupidity, because it is more abundant than hydrogen." - Frank Zappa

                              September 11, 2001. We Must Never Forget.

                              In memory of Thomas Sabella, L-13, FDNY


                              All opinions stated are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my department or any organization I may belong to.

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