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(Medium)   Iranian's Top Gun F-14 pilots battle UFOs   ( divider line
    More: Strange, F-14s, Afghanistan-Iran, Iranians, combat aircraft, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Natanz, navigation system, state ownership  
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7925 clicks; posted to Main » on 21 Oct 2013 at 10:03 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-21 06:21:47 PM  
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FuzedBox: "The twin-engine, swing-wing F-14s, among the most powerful interceptors in the world"

Stopped reading there; the F-14 was an over-engineered, pathetic piece of finicky shiat that had a nasty habit of exploding for no reason. Admit it, Tomcat enthusiasts: the only reason you like it is because of the variable wing sweep.

I liked it because it reminded me of Robotech Veritech fighters and/or Skyfire (AKA Jetfire). And because it looked like a sleek badass fighter. F-15's came in 2nd, F-18's tied for 2nd, and F-16's were 3rd, because the intake looked like a whale mouth. The variable wing sweep was cool, up until I realized that I had no use for the wings being forward... sweep 'em back, and look like a bad*** arrow of death!

/thought the F-4's looked like terrible slow bathtubs
//ironically, loved the A-10's even if they have the same sort of description
2013-10-21 03:00:34 PM  
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washington-babylon: That first pic in the article was an eye-opener. That pilot is letting loose an AIM-54 Phoenix missile. That puppy has a range of 100 nmi (Nautical Miles) and packs a large conventional warhead, while being capable of tracking 24 simultaneous targets.

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What they'd be currently carrying is probably a Farouq-90, Iran's cloned and upgraded AIM-54 (with a radar cloned from a US surface to air missile).
2013-10-21 11:32:32 AM  
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Harry Freakstorm: Did they just tow the plane around the flightline? I can't imagine the Iranians having a tomcat that can still fly.

Yup, they are actually doing a pretty good job at keeping them in the air. It surprised us. That is the reason why we still have a few flying around in Nevada.
2013-10-21 11:04:26 AM  
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groppet: I didn't know they still could fly those things. I remember seeing they were scavaging parts of some to keep others flying and here when F-14's were put in the boneyard their important parts were taken out right away and locked up or destroyed.

The Navy also came to a Air Museum I work with to make sure ours had nothing of value  that could be strategic value.
2013-10-21 10:31:03 AM  
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TV's Vinnie: Are there other nations still flying F-14's? I'd really hate to think that the last place on Earth where Tomcats still fly are in the skies of Iran.

Pretty much just them. There can't be many, we sold them those planes during the reign of the Shah, and they are supposed to have cannibalized most of the airframes for spare parts. Maybe a few are in good shape, but the parts that take a lot of stress, like the spars and wing-pivot actuators, have to be close to failure.
2013-10-21 10:29:22 AM  
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And if they screw up just this much, they'll be flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog sh*t out of Hong Kong!
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