Author Topic: Top Gun on Tour  (Read 412 times)

Offline ScranJ51

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Top Gun on Tour
« on: September 10, 2018, 08:43:19 AM »
In a development of the Top Gun syllabus for F-14 crews, the USN developed a program where the crews deployed for a two week period onto a Carrier during the ships trials after refit so as to expose the crews to scenario's other than turn and burn dogfights.

top gun 1 by David Freeman, on Flickr

Here the Tomcat's faced Hornets, one of which is configured with Harpoon and HARM missiles - the Tomcat's needing to identify which Hornet is the main threat.  The Hornets also had assistance in some sorties from an EA-6B Prowler, also fitted with Harpoon and Harm as well as jamming pods.  Note also one Hornet carried wing-tip mounted AMRAAM's.

top gun 6 by David Freeman, on Flickr

top gun 5 by David Freeman, on Flickr

top gun 7 by David Freeman, on Flickr


Unlike the shore-based dogfighting, the Tomcats used a number of different configurations.  In the mix shown here, Tomcats carry 2 x AIM-54 (201 NK, 203 AB), 3 x AIM-7 (200 AA, 300 NK), 2 x AIM-7 (201 AG), 2 x AIM-54 and 2 x AIM-7 (100 NE, 200 NL) and 4 x AIM-54 (106 AD).  Also on the deck is a TARPS (Recce Pod) equipped Tomcat for escort sorties rather than straight defensive scenarios.

top gun 2 by David Freeman, on Flickr

top gun 3 by David Freeman, on Flickr

top gun 4 by David Freeman, on Flickr




Dio is 1/144th with a mix of models from different makers.  The deck is printed on 200 GSM board and then glued to a cardboard base
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Offline pigflyer

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Re: Top Gun on Tour
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 04:42:46 PM »
Good collection, if a bit er, maverick.  (Oh come on, someone had too)  :icon_sueno:
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Offline Robomog

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Re: Top Gun on Tour
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2018, 12:07:00 AM »
Good collection, if a bit er, maverick.  (Oh come on, someone had too)  :icon_sueno:

Ouch !

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Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: Top Gun on Tour
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 06:36:24 AM »
That's quite a fantastic fleet air wing you've got there!

Most excellent.

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