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Grumman F14 Tomcat Low Pass

Grumman F14 Tomcat Low Pass
Brasso, Nov 7, 2007

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      633 squadron
      Now thats a low pass!!!
    • Bombardier
      The true story behind the picture above is quite different. In fact this photo was taken on the 1988 Dependents’ Day Cruise of the USS America (CV-66) and the F-14 Tomcat driver who performed this incredible super low, super close pass is Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, a pilot who has become synonymous of Tomcat.

      Grown at Long Island, Dale’s dad was a test pilot and “Snort” set a new standard within the naval aviation program becoming the first flight school graduate to be selected for the newly formed F-14 pipeline as explained by Snodgrass himself in the book Grumman F-14 Tomcat Bye-bye, Baby…! :

      “I was the first ensign to complete day/night Tomcat quals, right out of flight school. I was rewarded with the privilege of picking up a brand-new Tomcat at the factory for delivery to the west coast. To make the flight truly historic we stuck another ensign in the RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) seat.”

      Read more at https://theaviationist.com/2014/02/12/f-14-buzzes-uss-america/#PkdkzZJC6QqRW8Ap.99
    • 633 squadron
      interesting read
    • bdpopeye
      @633 squadron This event actually happened. There are parts that are sketchy.

      No way would this ever happen. Never. Two "nugget" Ensigns as a flight crew in a Tomcat?..I call BS on that. A Nugget Ensing picking up a new Tomcat from the factory? Sounds like BS to me.

      The flyby did happen. But someone in my opinion embellished the story.
    • 633 squadron
      It looks sketchy, the wing is below the aircraft carries deck!!
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    • Bombardier
      Yep exactly what I think but thought the article I posted would bring some amusement :)
    • Herc15
      @633 squadron considering the deck is about 50 feet off the water it isn't as bad as you may initialy think.
      still very low though...
    • bdpopeye
      This flyby in the video is not the one in the article. But you can see just how low that Turkey can go!

    • Bombardier
      Awesome! puts hairs on the back of my neck mil-smile04
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