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    V-4. Cause without fuel, its just an expensive paper weight!

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  1. Spook498

    Tomcat stuff for sale

    Im wrapped up right now in the middle of moving. Let me get set up out there, and I will message you to see what all you have? If they don't sell, I am interested in the aftermarket Hase stuff.
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    US Navy terminology question.

    Well, that doesn't quite work anymore. I usually tell the newbies to go look for the forward bowling alley up between the cats.
  3. I have the Lantirn kit with the parts... I would toss is some coin to cover some shipping to even out the deal.
  4. Back in '93, VF-213 lost a bird on the USS Lincoln, at night. First bird in the recovery, sunk low on final and had a ramp strike that broke the airplane in half behind the wings. crap all over the place with flames down the whole angle. RIO lived, pilot did not. Being in the IO, there was no divert and the rest of the airwing was overhead and low on gas. The spare tanker was buried up in the point behind the NavPole, AND empty. They decided if they couldn't get the deck ready in time there was going to be a whole new submarine fleet right there. Fortunately, the deck was clear and ready in about 30 minutes, and everyone else made it down.
  5. We were just talking about this the other night at work. I remember reading that ECMO1 was found with his hand wrapped around the ejection handle.
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    F-35 news roundup

    Combat debut on Thursday, first impression of a lawndart on Friday....
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    Is the Super Hornet a good A2A platform?

    Ive talked to several who have said the same thing. One went so far as to make the comment about comparing a hot rod to a dump truck.
  8. Spook498

    Top Gun 2 Production begins

    I think the F-5s fly out of Key West as a different form of DACT.
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    F/A-18B Bu. No. 162864 - references needed

    Prior to the VFA 122/125 merger in 2010, this aircraft was modexed as 326. If that helps. There are a few pics on airliners.net and airfighters.com as well. What exactly are you looking for?
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    F-35 news roundup

    They don't have enough -35C's in inventory, to be able to make the transition, versus taking the Legacy squadrons out of service. When -146 transitioned to the Super, they got the vintage Lot 24 aircraft that were left over from CVW-5 squadrons (and had been in long term storage and picked apart during that time) from -122. The first Super that 146 got, was so stripped she was towed down with a bunch of tri-walls and had to be built. She hadn't flown in 5+ years. However, the Supers that 147 had were newer than that, so fast forward 3 or 4 years. The birds 147 had, are going through a PMI phase and are being given to 146. In turn, the 146 birds are probably going to get the Block III upgrade that NavAir keeps talking about. 137 and 192 still have airframes that range from Lot 23-25. 137s are their original transition airframes, and 192 got some more of the CVW-5 hold overs, that also had to be built.
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    F-35 news roundup

    Im glad to see the bird made it back to the boat. I wonder how much damage it actually did, and what parts of the basket it sucked down. https://news.usni.org/2018/09/04/f-35c-damaged-36249
  12. They have been in transition for awhile now. I think this is the last step before being certified Safe for Flight.
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    Trade up? 1/48 F-14s Hasegawa v. Tamiya

    At one point I went on a Hasegawa 'Cat buying frenzy. I must have picked up over 20, before I even built one. (this was before Tamiya even peeped about making one) Now that I have started to build one, Ive started selling off some of the more profitable kits. Not because its too hard, but because with the rate at which I build, and the size of my over all model collection, I will never have time to build all of them. So, Ive sold off 4 or 5, and am getting the next batch ready to go online. If you have 2 or 3 of them, keep them. At this point, they wont cost you anything. But they can teach you a lot.
  14. I knew that cat when he was stationed here at Lemoore. Its been at least 6 or 7 years ago now...
  15. https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=48-021