*shrugs* its not my favorite I'll give it that. I still prefer the F-14
I actually got to talk with one of the Super Hornet test pilots at the McChord AFB airshow many years back. Was interesting to hear what he had to say about the airplane. When I asked him whether or not he thought the Super Hornet could fully replace the F-14, he gave me a simple "no". Not enough range and not a powerful enough radar system to be a fleet defense fighter he told me. I suppose its got an edge in terms of maintenance, adaptability, and multi role ability (though the F-14 did better early on in Afghanistan due to its range during strike missions).
heh one reason I dont care for it (and this is a personal reason) is its going to soon replace the Prowlers I've grown up seeing fly out of Whidbey for most of my life. Always loved the prowler and soon the growler is going to replace them all
I like the cat to and I don't think the superbug can replace it all together. But considering its reliability and what it's already done. It's a great plane and I also knew two mechanics who loved working on it and met a pilot who flew the growler version. He liked it as well. Everyone is different though. Plus I am sort of a long time bug and cat fan and a stickler for reliability and multirole.
When I was young I always used to beg my mom to take me over to nas jacksonville to see the tomcat they had on display and the remaining ones taking off from the base whenever they came for a visit. Good times. I've always respected the flying sedan as well (my nickname for the prowler).
when I was about three years old, we were up near Mt Baker camping by this river up there (forget the name). Well this was when the A-6s were still in service. They like to play in the radar gaps down in the canyons and ridges there. I was out tossing rocks into the river when I hear this rumble from up river. here comes an A-6 screaming through below the treeline down the river bed. He passed me so close I could see the the pilot and BN looking down at me, and I could even see the patches on their shoulders. It was one of those experiences that felt like it was in slow motion, but it was amazing none the less, can still remember it perfectly to this day
me too, if it wasn't retired... but as it is well the hornet takes it's place, but if the tomcat haded a engine modification to the modern raptor's engine and thrust vectoring system would have still be fighting in the next decade at least