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Speaking of Top Gun…

September 22, 2006

Turns out that the United States Navy retired the F-14 Tomcat today.

F14_tomcat

I don’t really know what to say.  This is one of the planes that I grew up with, that I built scale models of (and subsequently burned or otherwise destroyed).  It was never my favorite (that would be the F-15 Eagle), but that didn’t mean it wasn’t high on the list.  Yes, I had a list.

In a way, it’s like hearing that one of the actors, musicians, or other personalites you grew up with has died.  Except that, well, it is an airplane, not a person.

To be honest, I’m surprised it lasted this long.  The F-14 has been pretty much irrelevant since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    September 24, 2006 5:23 pm

    The F-14, another victim of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

  2. October 4, 2006 11:55 am

    After seeing the “Gay Top Gun”, it dawned on me how much they talk about “grabbing my stick”. That movie is so gay!

  3. October 4, 2006 4:17 pm

    they’ve reportedly been trying to get rid of the f14 forever, but the thing is manufactured on long island, and ending the use of the f14 would mean unemployment for people there. so politicians have been making deals with the congressman there for votes. the f18 was originally supposed to replace it, i believe.

    is the navy going to get the f22? i haven’t read any other news about it.

    and by the way, f14s are BAD up close and personal. standing next to a fighter is awesome!

  4. October 9, 2006 2:23 pm

    I’m pretty sure it has been some years since any F-14s have been built. Spare parts, perhaps.

    The Navy is not getting the F-22, as it wasn’t designed for carrier use (no reinforced landing gear, no folding wings…). They will, along with the Air Force and Marines, be getting their own version of the Joint Strike Fighter.

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