Just for clarification about the picture. the squadron involved in the gulf of Sidra incident was different. They were from the Black Aces. Lastly, the medal painted on the nose means that particular plane was used by the squadron for spare parts to keep other planes in the squadrons operational. Other than that, nice pic all the same.
That tomcat may have been painted in the markings of VF-213 The Black Lions, but the medal painted on the side of its nose says "I gave so others could endure" which means that at some point, maybe near the end of its career, this jet was kept back stateside as a source of spare parts to keep other jets in the squadron operational at sea.
I am afraid the info is incorrect, because in the gulf of Sidra incident the first kill is credited to Fast Eagle 102, the second to Fast Eagle 107. The one we see in this pic is 105. you can check from this link: [link](1981)
Never heard it called a gull winged bird but I did hear it referred to as a "Turkey", when I was in the Navy. It got the nickname "Turkey" from its appearance on final approach. If you look at one coming at you on the LSO platform with the slats/flaps out and gear down with the stabilators moving all over the place it does not look disimilar to a wild turkey coming into land due to it's large fuselage and seemingly smallish wings from that angle.
Nice. Saw one of these in 1990 at the old Willow Grove Naval Air Station Air Show. We were maybe 40 yards +/- from the runway that ran in front of the crowd and he took off right in front of us. He rotated in front of us and the noise was incredible. The ground shook, we shook and I thought the fillings in my teeth were going to come out.