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Here's the story and video of Dale "Snort" Snodgrass legendary super low Banana Pass
"This photo indeed has a surrealistic quality. I believe it is due to the focal length of the camera used. There is no doubt that this pass was an aggressive low level maneuver," Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, former F-14 Tomcat driver Taken in 1988 from the flight deck of USS America (CV-66) and the photo in this post shows F-14 Tomcat driver...
Showcasing the F-14: when the Grim Reapers staged flight demonstrations of the mighty Tomcat
No single aircraft was more exciting, more sought after on the show circuit than the F-14 Tomcat The following article titled U.S. Navy Tomcat Flight Demonstration Team: Showcasing the F-14 and written by Lt. Bill Lind appeared in May-June 1999 issue of Naval Aviation News. If you're involved in Naval Aviation, or just have a love of flying and aircraft, chances are you've spent...
"It's time to buzz the tower:" Former F-14 RIO explains how legendary Top Gun tower fly-by scene was filmed
Civilians in communities near Miramar called the base and local news media asking about a 'berserk F-14 pilot'... Maverick: Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby. Air Boss Johnson: That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full. To Aviation Geeks, this is a memorable quote from Top Gun, their all-time favourite movie. Author Dave 'Bio' Baranek, The Aviation Geek Club contributor,...
This could be the F/A-18F Super Hornet flown by Maverick in Top Gun Sequel
The F/A-18F will look even better when presented in the way the filmmakers want us to see it Unveiled on Sep. 12, 2018 the pictures in this post could depict the F/A-18F Super Hornet flown by Pete Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick. According to Revenge Of The Fans "These pictures give us a bit of the aesthetics that will be used...
Tomcats 2-Fitters 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Qaddafi's Su-22s over the Gulf of Sidra on Aug. 19, 1981
Kleemann waited about 5 seconds for the Libyan to clear the sun, then pulled the trigger The following article titled Sudden Victory, The Gulf of Sidra Incident of August 1981 and written by LCdr. Joseph T. Stanik, USN (Ret.) appeared in July-August 1996 issue of Naval Aviation News. When Libyan aircraft unsuccessfully attempted to shoot down a U.S. plane conducting reconnaissance...
U.S. Naval Aviator explains how he and his wingman were able to RTB after their F/A-18 fighters collided during air combat training
"It was a significant testament to the construction of the F/A-18—that we were able to fly both aircraft after the damage they sustained. The squadron and Navy completed the investigations and we were returned to flight status in about two months," LCDR Greg "Stubby" Stubbs, former VFC-12 adversary pilot LCDR Greg "Stubby" Stubbs describes the mid-air collision that took place...
Speed & Angels: an exclusive look at the making of the movie which featured the last U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats in action
"Since their childhoods, Jay and Meagan have dreamt of becoming fighter pilots. Speed & Angels captures these young naval aviators in their efforts to realize their childhood dreams," Francesco “Paco” Chierici, Speed & Angels producer Brought to my attention by former F-14 driver Francesco "Paco" Chierici, the cool videos in this post give you the chance to look behind the...
E-3 AWACS crew member explains how a U.S. Navy F-14 nearly shot down a U.S. Navy A-6 during the first night of Operation Desert Storm
  "The F-14 pilot came back and said in an excited voice, 'Target, nose, 12 miles hot, am I cleared to engage?' and again the E-2 stuttered ‘Sta-Sta-Standby' just as my Mode 4 sweep came back as friendly! The F-14's immediate response to the E-2's transmission was 'Fox 1'," Bill Richards, former E-3 "Sentry" Airborne Warning and Control Systems weapons...
Grumman F-14 Tomcat in HD: spectacular video features excerpts from the movie "Speed & Angels"
Produced by former F-14 driver Francesco "Paco" Chierici, Speed & Angels follows Jay and Meagan as they chase their childhood dream of becoming naval aviators flying the mighty Tomcat Featuring several scenes from Speed & Angels movie, the spectacular video in this post shows the last U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats in action. The motion picture was filmed in 2003-2006 period, while...
Remembering the last glory days of VF-84 Jolly Rogers
"I knew about VF-84 Jolly Rogers from the movies and building models as a kid. It's a great public relations and recruiting tool. Somebody should always 'fly the bones'!," Lt. Paul Ratkovich, former VF-84 Jolly Rogers F-14 pilot The following article titled The Last of the Jolly Rogers and written by LCdr. Bob Frantz appeared in September-October 1995 issue of...

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