Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Your Sunday Morning Jet Noise

The F-14:



The F-14 was a classy airplane. Designed for incredibly long-ranged air defense, towards the end of its operational life, they were flying "air to mud" missions.

The Navy retired the F-14s because they said that they were maintenance hogs. That may be, but I've felt that the real reason was that by only having one airplane type flying almost all missions (the F`nA-18), they reduced the complexities of supplying parts.

3 comments:

LRod said...

And halved the aircrew requirement/complement.

LRod
ZJX, ORD, ZAU retired

Old NFO said...

Well, the Turkeys DID take a while to mature, but in the end they proved to be pretty good birds! And your point is correct, doing away with them saved LARGE $$ on sparing and maintenance!

Charles Pergiel said...

Iran still has some flying. Maybe.