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January 16, 2007 - AP: Iran gets army gear in Pentagon sale

Here's an interesting news article I saw today on Yahoo. In a nutshell, it's basically explaining how Iran is receiving (through third-parties), surplus U.S. military property through Pentagon garage sales. No, not really garage sales, but you might as well call them that. How is this Grumman related you ask? Well, specifically Iran is looking to receive parts and components for an aircraft that we (the United States) sold to them back in the 70's when they were good buddies of ours. A plane that only Iran continues to fly, the F-14 Tomcat. Besides that, it's just interesting how we continue to inadvertently supply our enemies.

Here's the link to the article on Yahoo.

ALSO a quick but important note: I don't update too often, however if you want to contact me about anything on the site you can still email me and I'll get back to you pretty quick because I check my mail every day. I don't want anyone to think the site is dead or anything. Thanks.

November 10, 2006 - Quick note and a link...

Hey everyone, I haven't checked the guestbook in awhile and I just noticed all of the entries. Of course it's not a whole lot but it's way more than I expected. So basically I'm urging all those who work for Grumman and the retirees just to read the other entries and leave one yourself. You might find someone you know. Well that's all, have fun!

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Blue Angels! Here's a link to an article on Yahoo.

November 8, 2006 - Modern Marvels: Tomcat Sunset airs Monday, November 20 at 8am and 2pm on the History Channel

Note that this is not the same episode that aired back in March! Here's an excerpt from the History Channel website:

"A supersonic jet designed for aerial dogfights, the F-14 Tomcat remained the deadliest thing on two wings for nearly a quarter century, from 1972 until 2006. Join former Tomcat pilot, Terry Deitz as he explores the legacy of one of the greatest fighters ever built.

Witness firsthand the last F-14 catapult launches and arrested trap landings aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt on a mission in Iraq. Hear what the aviators and sailors who have flown and maintained this iconic aircraft over the years have to say about its long-lived active duty career. Ride shotgun with Deitz one last time before the F-14 is retired. Finally, reminisce with veteran pilots, Navy brass, and airplane enthusiasts as they bid farewell at the F-14 Memorial and Final Flight Ceremony at the Naval Air Station in Oceana, VA.

Enjoy this deeply satisfying look at the beloved Top Gun fighter in all its glory."

March 17, 2006 - F-14 Modern Marvels airs Tuesday, March 21 at 10:00pm ET on the History Channel

Here's an excerpt from "October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal US jets rain down onto Afghanistan. One powerful and deadly plane led the majority of the assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the world's most complete military fighter. No other fighter jet carries the F-14's unique combination of weapons. Its state-of-the-art system can spot an oncoming enemy plane at almost 200 miles. Its radar can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as 80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the radar of any other fighter jet."

Also, check this out at Google. It's an F-14 Tomcat tribute video. It has a lot of cool original footage and it's about 5 minutes long.

Marking the end of a 36 year era, the last remaining 22 F-14 Tomcats returned from their deployment aboard the Theodore Roosevelt. Eleven fighters each made up Squadrons 31 and 213. Those in VF-213 will be retired next month while squadron members transition to the F/A-18 Super Hornets. VF-31 will follow in September as the Navy officially retires the Tomcat. Click the link above for the full article. If a different page comes up, there should be a small link at the bottom of the page that says "ask me later." Clicking that will take you to the full article from Hampton Roads. To the left is a video from the local news, click the play button to watch it. For those that can't view it because of their connection speed or browser, you can also download the WMV file.

March, 2006 - I've been updating this site a lot lately, anyone who has seen it since the beginning can tell that there have been a lot of changes, and personally I think it looks 100% better. I'm still trying to add more information as I find it, and I plan on expanding the gallery to have more pictures and more downloads. Unfortunately, I'm running very low on storage and will probably have to upgrade my account to get more space for more media. Anyway, enjoy the site. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave a comment in the guestbook or e-mail me.

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