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I thought I'd share some photos I took of the Tomcats final embark whilst onboard the USS Theodore roosevelt back in July 2006. VF-31 Tomcatters was on exercise off the coast of the Carolinas where I spent the last two days of Tomcat carrier ops photographing the action.

 

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The last ever launch of a Tomcat off a carrier...

 

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I hope you like them.

 

Neil.

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Hard to believe that this superb, awesome plane is no longer in service with the USN. It's still much better than most of the stuff flown by "the bad guys"!!

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Apparently it was too labour intensive to keep flying.

 

 

Think I'd better dig out my "Top Gun" DVD and watch it again! :lol:

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

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" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Fantastic pics! Sadly the Tomcat was more of a liability than an asset by the early 2000s. It was outclassed by many other platforms, and even though it had a new lease on life as a bomb truck (and a pretty good one), 15 maintenance hours per flight hour was getting far too costly to continue it in service.

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It's still much better than most of the stuff flown by "the bad guys"!

That's right.

 

The Bad Guys have got one F-14A from Iran but they were unable to copy such a state-of-the-art plane as they did it in the case of B-29.

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The end of an era. The final fly-past!

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Fantastic pics! Sadly the Tomcat was more of a liability than an asset by the early 2000s. It was outclassed by many other platforms, and even though it had a new lease on life as a bomb truck (and a pretty good one), 15 maintenance hours per flight hour was getting far too costly to continue it in service.

 

I am an old Tomcat maintainer, and we had some airframes that were averaging over 60 maintenance man-hours per 1 hour of flight. The AWG-9 radar was a plumbing nightmare. Beautiful aircraft, no doubt, but she was a b@tc& to maintain. Those are some awesome pics, Thanks for posting.

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These are great shots of a sad moment in Naval Aviation history. The F-14 is my favorite aircraft. Period.

 

I shot a few back in '89 when I spent a week aboard the Ranger.

 

VF-2 Bounty Hunters - at the moment of trap

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Fired up, awaiting release of the catapult:

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I am an old Tomcat maintainer, and we had some airframes that were averaging over 60 maintenance man-hours per 1 hour of flight. The AWG-9 radar was a plumbing nightmare. Beautiful aircraft, no doubt, but she was a b@tc& to maintain. Those are some awesome pics, Thanks for posting.

 

 

Whoaa... Now I understand better why they retired it.

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I thought I'd share some photos I took of the Tomcats final embark whilst onboard the USS Theodore roosevelt back in July 2006. VF-31 Tomcatters was on exercise off the coast of the Carolinas where I spent the last two days of Tomcat carrier ops photographing the action.

 

I hope you like them.

 

Neil.

 

 

Very cool, thanks for sharing. Great photos from a great photo opp!

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"MEATCLEAVER, MEATCLEAVER!"

 

 

All of you F-15 guys out there know exactly what that means!

In memory of 1LT Julius C. Goldman, XO of F/330th, 83rd Infantry Division 1944-45.

 

Looking for P-47 and Tactical Reconnaissance Unit photographs and any items associated with WWII Jewish fighter pilots.

 

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