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Flying an F-14 ‘I Can’t Believe It Was Legal’

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Whistling_Death_ #1 Posted 18 June 2022 - 01:57 PM

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This great plane never should have been taken out of service!


Corsair4790805 #2 Posted 18 June 2022 - 04:45 PM

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View PostWhistling_Death_, on 18 June 2022 - 05:57 AM, said:

This great plane never should have been taken out of service!



The Tomcat was a beautiful, awesome plane.  My goal when I got commissioned was to fly it (didn't happen, alas).


But it's time has come and gone.   Saying it should have been kept around would be like saying the Marines should still be flying Corsairs.


Its arguable whether what replaced it (primarily the two seat Foxtrot Super Hornet) was a worthy replacement, but airframes and technology only last so long, and you can only do so much upgrading.  (though the USAF will probably keep the B-52s around until the 23rd century).


qu33kKC #3 Posted 19 June 2022 - 11:48 AM

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The Tomcat was built for a purpose that no longer exists.  Newer planes do more at less cost.   Pretty simple.

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