|F-14 of VF-31 The Tomcatters|
I was feeling all proud of myself and patting myself on the back for such a wondrous and lovely depiction of the aircraft which are no strangers to salt water. Then I see the following comment from blog-buddy and fellow Lexican "Pinch" -
"*sigh* and not a Tomcat to be seen. *sigh sigh*"Now you have to understand, Pinch is a retired NFO, in fact, he was a RIO (Radar Intercept Officer, think back seater) in the Tomcat. I left out his aircraft!
I felt somewhat like the baker who slaves in the kitchen, producing this beautiful birthday cake, then wheeling it out and someone saying -
"Uh, you spelled my name wrong."How could I possibly forget one of the, no, strike that, THE most iconic aircraft in post-Vietnam aircraft carrier history? I mean, what was I thinking?
Now the movie "Top Gun" notwithstanding (after all, they spelled it wrong, it's TOPGUN - one word, all caps) here is one of the finest movie scenes of all time starring the Tomcat -
I used to see these beauties coming into Offutt AFB, from time to time. A great bird.
Pinch, this one's for you!
|Fill 'er up?|
|Ready to go!|
|Tomcat on the cat|
|So Pinch, we okay here?|
Photo from Tailhook Daily Briefing