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Grumman F-14 Tomcat Gulf of Sidra by shelbs2 Grumman F-14 Tomcat Gulf of Sidra by shelbs2
Grumman F-14 Tomcat at the Smithsonian Steven Udvar Hazy Center. This is one of the F-14s that participated in the Gulf of Sidra incident which resulted in the downing of a pair of Liybian Mig-23s
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talon2fang83 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
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. 
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DavidKrigbaum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
I think I once served with this guy, I have a picture of of him on his last WestPac! Seeing this Tomcat at the museum brought back some memories.
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Neon-the-lucario Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
I remember seeing the F-14 for the first time... I thought it was the coolest looking jet of all time... and I still do today.
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talon2fang83 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
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.
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:icondavidkrigbaum:
DavidKrigbaum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
The big Felix the Cat on the tail is from VF-31 Tomcatters, not the Black Lions.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's beautiful. My favorite fighter since I was a boy! :winner: :number1:
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:iconbluewolf7344:
bluewolf7344 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
mig killer!
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:iconconquest79:
conquest79 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
nice pic of the Cat.my fav jet.
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
heh thanks ^^
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:iconfreak-leopatra:
Freak-Leopatra Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
*_*
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
^^
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Distantstarr Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
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)
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:iconwolfman-053:
Wolfman-053 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
The aircraft was CILOP into an F-14D Super Tomcat.
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
[link]

museum website says otherwise. might be thinking of the 81 incident. this one took part in the 89 combat
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Ronin201 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Navy:4 , Libya: 0 baby!

strangely enough I read this jet never flew a single sortie during OIF, instead being VF-31's hangar queen. that's what the insricption "I gave so others could fly" on the medal painted on the nose
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
heh yup!

and interesting
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:iconronin201:
Ronin201 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Yeah quite a carrer change for such a famous jet
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:iconcharliebrown74:
charliebrown74 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
A beautiful aircraft ... (Nice shot!)
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
thanks ^^
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:iconkamotswolf:
KamotsWolf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
gull winged bird as one of the nicknames.....

Still a beautiful airplane :)
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:iconbadta00:
badta00 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
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.
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KamotsWolf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Eh. Some people hear different names xD still refers to just 1 plane only :P
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
yup ^^
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:iconbluefox284:
BlueFox284 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
US Navy carrier flight decks look so boring these days without Tomcats. . .
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
yeah....no variety any more
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:iconroddy1990:
Roddy1990 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
The cat will always be deadly :iconmegustaplz:
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
yes it will ^^
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:iconerbear159:
Erbear159 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice. my father was a tomcat RIO, VF-21 freelancers during desert storm. beautiful machine!
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
oh very cool ^^
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there look even BIGGER that in a carrier XD
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
yes xD
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focallength Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
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. ;-)
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I saw several at airshows, but its the one aircraft I really regret never getting on camera
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:iconfocallength:
focallength Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I've got a few stills of a couple of them somewhere.
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Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man, the F-14: one of the best Naval fighters out there. Nothing could beat it in its era.
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
that it was ^^
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:iconawash2002:
awash2002 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
My fave fighter jet
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
one of mine ^^
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:iconwolfman-053:
Wolfman-053 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
And mine.
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:iconawash2002:
awash2002 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Nice
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LittleFoxStudio Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A shame to see these birds out of action.
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:iconshelbs2:
shelbs2 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
yeah it is...
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