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#5 Rembrand Van Dooren  2008-11-26 00:00
Dear AMARC- employees, I'am living in Belgium (Europe) and I 'm working for a security company servicing the guarding for the planes of American Airlines. There I met some guys who flew for the 'Jolly Rogers' and I think one of them with this F14. The stories they are telling are really fascinating, the expereances they had with this plane amazing. Please, don't destroy those monuments, it made a generation of pilots make their dreams come true so we should make those dream sfor the future generations too. This F14 served in Iraq but probably in Libia too, so we should threath it with respect. The new genarations of pilots can learn many things from the 'Top Gun'-genaration ... Kind regards,
#4 Thorpe   2008-10-29 00:00
I was an air traffic controller at NAS Oceana from 1990-1996. I loved these birds. I enjoyed working there more than anywhere. I remember when the tomcats were doing touch and goes, I would get in the big ugly yellow suburban with the big "zero" on the side and site near the arresting gear. Used to love when you guys passed by and hit the power. It would shake us to death sitting in that truck. Those were the good days.
#3 anderson vinicios  2008-06-09 00:00
hello i from Brazilian am sorry my English is bad but I would like to express my sadness to see this happen I think these aircraft should at least go to a museum when I saw the photos literally cried ... I am very sad to see what happened to these wonderful cats
#2 Brian Marbrey  2005-03-27 00:00
162918 must have been a good airframe, because it stayed with VF-103 for quite a few years. Having been delivered to the squadron sometime between the 1997/1998 time frame, 162918 had literally been flown with the "100" side number the duration of it's time with VF-103. In 2002, it carried another bit of nose art called "San Antonio Rose", named for the former CAG of CVW-17's wife who was from San Antonio, TX.
#1 LTJG Matthew Koop  2005-03-22 00:00
LT Dave "Kant" Reade and I (LTJG Matt "Turtle" Koop) flew this jet to the boneyard on January 5th, 2005. It was a sad final flight on a four leg trip from Oceana, VA. I'm glad that I got to take this jet to it's final resting place because this was the jet I was flying in early November 2005 when my pilot and I dropped two 500 lb. GBU-12's in Iraq. The mission took place near the Syrian border coincident with Operation Phantom Fury as foreign fighters streaming over the Syrian border began clashing with American Marines on the ground. An Marine outpost in this border town began taking fire from insurgents who had holed up in a corner cafe. The Marines were pinned down and could not pull back from their position without risking being hit with rockets and other small arms the terrorists were firing at them. They made the call for air support and the ground FAC asked a nearby cobra helicopter to target that building with a Hellfire missile that our Tomcat would provide guidance for with our laser. The Hellfire guided to a perfect strike on the cafe, but the insurgents continued their fighting from the building. Then the call came in for us to deliver our laser guided bombs and destroy the target and the terrorists inside. We circled outbound, chose a run-in line that would minimize the potential of fratricide, and began our attack. With our first bomb we struck one wing of the cafe and with the second bomb we destroyed the remaining side moments later. It all, it was as precise and successful as possible, and the Marines we able to continue their mission without any resistance from the ruins of that building. Those bombs are two of the four bombs that Victory 100 dropped in Operation Iraqi Freedom and are painted forward of the canopy rail. Lots of excitement and memorable moments were had in this jet by me and the many that flew it before me.

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