Tomcat tail fin washes up on Irish shores

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Unread post08 May 2006, 19:58

US Navy jet tail fin washes up on Irish shores
Sunday, May 07, 2006

A tail fin from an F-14 Tomcat belonging to VF-101 Grim Reapers was washed up ashore on a beach in Ireland on Friday.

The tail fin was found on a beach in west Cork by a retired Aer Lingus pilot.

The Irish Aviation Authority sealed off the scene and handed the investigation over to the Air Navigation Investigation Unit.

A Pentagon spokesman said that they were not aware of any missing tail fins.
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Unread post09 May 2006, 18:08

A tail fin from an F-14 Tomcat belonging to VF-101 Grim Reapers was washed up ashore on a beach in Ireland on Friday.


A Pentagon spokesman said that they were not aware of any missing tail fins.


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Unread post09 May 2006, 18:17

I'd hope a serial # search could shed some light on the situation. If F-14 tail fins have serial #s that is...
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Unread post09 May 2006, 18:37

In the USAF we would normally find something like that was missing during BPO....
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Unread post09 May 2006, 18:40

current theory is its from a vf-101 bird lost off the east coast just before they retired their F-14s and the gulf stream has brought it across.

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Unread post09 May 2006, 18:50

falconfixer860261 wrote:In the USAF we would normally find something like that was missing during BPO....


:lmao:

So, you're sayin' in the USAF "Missing vertical stabilizer" would count as "Code 3"? Sheesh! AF guys are SO picky! ;)
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Unread post10 May 2006, 13:36

Guysmiley wrote:
falconfixer860261 wrote:In the USAF we would normally find something like that was missing during BPO....


:lmao:

So, you're sayin' in the USAF "Missing vertical stabilizer" would count as "Code 3"? Sheesh! AF guys are SO picky! ;)


On a Viper yes. But on a 15 no - it's just a Code 2. Gotta spare you know. In fact the IAF decided one wing missing on a 15 was just a Code 2. :D
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Unread post10 May 2006, 13:44

Article: http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/st ... 82&tref=po

A tail section from an F-14 Tomcat discovered on a beach in Ireland came from an Oceana-based plane that crashed 3½ years ago off Key West, Fla., the Navy confirmed Tuesday.

How it got at least 4,900 miles away, no one knows for certain.

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Jane Melia and Charlie Coughlan look at the tail section of an F-14 Tomcat from Oceana Naval Air Station that washed ashore at Long Strand near Owenahincha, Ireland, on May 5. [Photo by Denis Minihane]
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Unread post11 May 2006, 09:14

Quote from F-14 specialist David Brown on the Fencecheck forum:

"This F-14A was assigned to VF-101 on October 3rd 2002 when it crashed during a training flight over the Gulf of Mexico. The crew were rescued by a Navy UH-3 Sea King helicopter.

I guess the currents took it to Ireland. Hard to believe since these things weigh about 300 lbs."

That may be why it took 3 1/2 years. They probably won't want it back. You can't move at Oceana, especially in the O Club, for Tomcat fins.

Aviation experts believe last summer's hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico may have wrenched the debris from the aircraft and cast it into the Atlantic ocean.
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Unread post11 May 2006, 15:32

Well, if anything, it should be a nice collectible.
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Unread post14 Jun 2006, 14:25

As long as the crew made it out alive.
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