Fast Jet Friday-Top Gun Day

May 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Fast Jet Friday!
 

It's Fast Jet Friday and since it's May 13th, it's Top Gun Day. The movie Top Gun opened on May 16, 1986. Don't ask me why the 13th is Top Gun Day and not the 16th, I have no idea. As any real aficionado of aviation knows, the true stars of the movie were not Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, nor any other actor, but the US Navy's mighty F-14 Tomcat! The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970 and began service with the Navy in 1974. The F-14 was a fleet interceptor and air-superiority fighter. It is a two seat, twin engine aircraft featuring variable sweep wings. Later in its career, the F-14 took on the ground attack roll. The F-14 was retired from Navy service on 22 September 2006.

Grumman F-14B TomcatCruisin' CatGypsy 101 makes a pass during the air power demo.

United States Navy
Grumman F-14B Tomcat
161860 / AC-101
VF-32 Swordsmen 'Gypsy'

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Clowder of TomcatsClowder of TomcatsA formation of F-14 Tomcats preparing to break for landing following the air power demo. Three F-14Bs assigned to VF-32 with a specially marked F-14D assigned to VF-101 bringing up the rear.

United States Navy
Lead
Grumman F-14B Tomcat
161860 / AC-101
VF-32 Swordsmen 'Gypsy'

Right Wing
Grumman F-14B Tomcat
163410 / AC-104
VF-32 Swordsmen 'Gypsy'

Left Wing
Grumman F-14B Tomcat
163216 / AC-105
VF-32 Swordsmen 'Gypsy'

Slot
Grumman F-14D Tomcat
164601 / AD-160
VF-101 Grim Reapers 'Gunfighter'

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F-14 Tomcat in the carrier landing configuration.In The GrooveF-14 Tomcat in the carrier landing configuration.

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Grumman F-14B Tomcat
163410/AC 104
VF-32 Swordsmen, Gypsy
Lt Jack "Rocco" Tangredi, Lt. "Smokin" Joe Ruzicka

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Speed Of Heat, Baby!Speed Of Heat, Baby!Lts Jack "Rocco" Tangredi and "Smoking" Joe Ruzicka bring the F-14 Tomcat past the crowd.

United States Navy
Grumman F-14B Tomcat
163410/AC 104
VF-32 Swordsmen, Gypsy
Lt Jack "Rocco" Tangredi, Lt. "Smokin" Joe Ruzicka

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