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PostPosted: Wed 31 May 2017 18:59 pm 
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Sorry people but for looks the Hunter wins hands down. I mean, how many 60+ year old aircraft still look as graceful and fresh. Guess I'm also a bit biased having worked on them and had the pleasure of 'kicking the tyres and lighting the fires' to ground test the engines.

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Jun 2017 07:55 am 
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Tomcats for me, the only time I ever saw them for real were and still are unforgettable, and have left an indelible mark :love:
For sheer power, looks and ability, F-14s are the only way :nod:
To me, not even god's two creations (MDD that is :roll: ) the F-4 and the A-4 come close (nor anything else).

Brews if I could find it I'd post a pic of a RAAF Miracle (it's a miracle the 'tin triangle' could fly) in 'burner', in the gun sight of an RAN A-4G during ACM off the south coast of NSW. The boss of 75Sqn splashed no less :yahoo: His wingman was also a missile 'kill' about 30secs before :angel:

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Jun 2017 20:22 pm 
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Oh well if you really must have Tomcats :roll:

CVN65 USS Enterprise, Hong Kong 1976.

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Jun 2017 21:00 pm 
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You just may be a type fanatic if you identify the ship, approximate period and units (VF-1 and VF-2) by looking at the tail art! :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Jun 2017 10:58 am 
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I think the pic is of the first combat cruise for the F-14 aboard Enterprise. The VF-1 and VF-2 F-14s covered the withdrawl of US forces from Vietnam by flying combat air patrols.

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PostPosted: Fri 02 Jun 2017 16:31 pm 
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@FAAMAN - My last was a riff on the US comedian Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a Redneck is..." schtick
Having said which, you are correct, which I think proves my point?

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Aug 2017 09:45 am 
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The Tomcat is still one of my favourite jets. I'm sure the airframe could potentially be upgraded to generation 4.5 with modern avionics, but I don't think it would be worth the cost.

The Tomcat was designed with its Phoenix missiles as a weapon system to shoot anything down 100 miles away. Nowadays you just get closer without being seen. Also, VG wings are obsolete, there are cleverer ways of achieving those effects which are lighter and stealthier.

Love that USS Enterpise photo, as it's the aircraft in Airfix's original kit schemes.

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PostPosted: Tue 19 Sep 2017 12:11 pm 
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I managed to see one up close at the valiant air museum in florida it was a bucket list tick for me, but I echo elsewhere about the jaguar she's the love of my life as I worked on them and then managed to save my favourite airframe, which is now on display at newark. She's a T2 XX829 formally of 54 sqn and now saved for others to enjoy, great thread guys


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