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Navy offically Retires the F-14 Tomcat.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Raistlin Majere, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Raistlin Majere

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    yeah that is a nice bird, but eventually the old ones have to retire.
     
  3. Sir EvilFreeSmeg

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    Translation:
    We're calling it a retirement but it's really a mothballing. The Tomcat is too good of a plane to just scrap when we're so close to a full blown global war.
     
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    Anyone know taps?
     
  5. Sir EvilFreeSmeg

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    Yes but I don't have a bugle anymore
     
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    Good.


    tencharsmustbereallystuoopidtomesswithme
     
  7. Johnny

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    Does anyone remember what happened to all those mustangs they "retired"

    Im sure they will use those any day now.
     
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    Aw, I liked the old Tomcat. It is to the Hornet as Big Bird is to Elmo. Damn upstarts.

    LOL, Iran is the only one still using them...
     
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    Yeah, the F/A-18's really have short legs. But now that missle and radar ranges have increased I guess that's not really required.

    Who didn't watch Top Gun as a kid and want to go fly F-14's?
     
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    I hate Top Gun. Still love the Tomcat though.
     
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    About damn time. The seem to have deaths due to some mechanical failure every other week in those things.
     
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    the f-22 raptor has been in development for over 10yrs iirc, its about time they upgraded the airforce and navy's jets imo
     
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    The F-22 is a very nice plane, but also very expensive. The bulk of planes from the services is more likely to be replaced by the F-35, which is much more affordable.

    The F-35, coming to a theatre near you! (Get it? LOL)
     
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    There go my boyhood dreams of Top Gun glory. :cry:
     
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    Latest reports priced the new raptors at $235 million.

    Boy those B-2 bombers at $500 million don't look as expensive as initially thought.

    And F-35s coming in at $40 million per copy looks like a steal.
     
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    I think aircrafts that are retired are usually wrapped up and stored somewhere outside of Las Vegas. There's a gigantic junkyard out there. We've still aircrafts like the relic Phantoms from the 60s. They can still fly. In fact, we generally use them as target drones to live test missiles on them.

    As for the Tomcats, I bought into its myth too until I read the latest book on it's maiden tour. It would appear that it wasn't the Tomcat that was amazing, but the Naval Aviators performing near-miracles in them.

    There are stories of how the RIO (radar guys in the back seat) normally carry fuses in their pockets in case the Tomcat burns a fuse in the middle of flight. If so, he reaches in the back of his seat and plugs in new fuses, sometimes to get their Cat to relight the engines.

    It's amazing to read up on stories of the stuff that naval aviators had to do in midflight to keep their Cat from falling into the ocean.
     
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    I think that report was written by a liar and a crook.
     
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    Depends on how you look at it.
    So the $399 million per craft also divides in the program cost, whereas the plane itself "only" costs $137 million.
     
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    I can't look at an F-14 without thinking back to that homoerotic volleyball scene in Top Gun... It will be missed.
     
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    Yeah, but what about the B-52? Don't they have a projected retirement in 204x? Something just short of 100 years of being in service, IIRC. I thought that one of the major problems with getting new planes are the fact that they are just so damned expensive.
     

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