Hell yeah reminds you of the movie top gun doesnt it... i woulda loved to be the co pilote in that f14 tomcat that looks kick butt
on 2004-Jun-11 02:09:15 Anonymous coward said
Uhhh...You're supposed to catch the HOOK
on the cable...not your Wing, doofus!!!
on 2004-Aug-05 12:39:13 Anonymous coward said
what a knife edge
on 2004-Aug-20 14:07:02 Anonymous coward said
Look MA no hands
on 2004-Sep-04 22:54:25 Anonymous coward said
Stupidity at its finest, who ever gave that idiot an other chance.
on 2004-Sep-23 20:27:02 Anonymous coward said
Not stupid, just that 'ride the edge' killer instinct all fighter piltos should have manifesting itself. I'm sure he was far enough away to be safe, just way out of reg.
on 2004-Oct-11 10:10:39 Anonymous coward said
on 2004-Oct-20 20:59:48 Anonymous coward said
Unlike the caption says...this was squadron CO of VF-33 (Snort Snodgrass) who was performing a flyby for ship as part of planned event. He wasnt' grounded and went on to be Fighter Wing COmmander and now flies F-86 and F4U on airshow circuit.
on 2004-Nov-07 02:23:47 Anonymous coward said
that left a wet spot in the g-suit
on 2004-Dec-08 18:02:25 Anonymous coward said
If that looked like it hurt then you should see my friend's mom in her bathrobe with a facial mask on!!
I have heard the song by AC DC the razor's edge. This should have been on the cover.
on 2005-Aug-31 23:45:21 Anonymous coward said
Clifty PERTH W A
What a buzz that would give ya, If it was me I`d order a thousand copies and wallpaper my house with them!
on 2005-Sep-28 12:23:00 Anonymous coward said
It looks kind of like one of those sailors is standing that Tomcat up on its wingtip. (Now THAT would piss-off the Airboss!)
on 2005-Oct-26 05:04:08 Anonymous coward said
The comment from HeyJoe is correct. The pilot was doing a shark fin flyby and the pilot was not grounded
on 2006-Jan-22 12:33:15 Anonymous coward said
on 2006-Jan-23 12:52:26 Anonymous coward said
I can too come to inches from the carrier!
on 2006-Mar-19 06:14:27 Anonymous coward said
Where do they find RIO's (Backseater) like that one?
on 2006-Apr-07 14:57:44 Anonymous coward said
This explains why the Navy's got the accident rate it does . . .
on 2006-May-26 18:10:40 Anonymous coward said
Damn, I missed the ship!!!
on 2006-Jun-01 18:10:58 Anonymous coward said
Knife Edge? Not with the rudders straight, BOTH elevators in up and compression vapor coming off the tops of the wing strakes. This plane is executing a low level, close proximity, 90 degree bank, slow speed, high G turn across the bow of the carrier deck.
on 2006-Jun-07 00:15:23 Anonymous coward said
Isnt this called Cutting In????
on 2006-Jul-19 22:28:39 Anonymous coward said
Ex VFA-131 Wildcat
Mariana is right ... seen this too many times to admit ... but not anymore.
on 2006-Aug-03 02:02:47 Anonymous coward said
This guys ego is writing checks his body or his bank balance can't cash!
on 2006-Sep-26 10:43:15 Anonymous coward said
looks like an F-15 doctored into the image to me
on 2006-Nov-10 14:38:36 Anonymous coward said
Pilot to rear: What carrier?
on 2007-Feb-14 03:34:18 Anonymous coward said
Even if that pilot was doing a turn acroos the bow he would have hit more people FAKE!!!!!!!!!!
on 2007-Feb-14 03:34:48 Anonymous coward said
on 2007-Feb-26 17:31:01 Anonymous coward said
Hi Mom, holding up this plane by the wing is a breeze after a bowl of delicious "Wheaties"!!!
on 2007-Mar-08 00:12:21 Anonymous coward said
1. real photo
2. F-14 Tomcat
1. hit more people? it didnt hit anyone
on 2007-Mar-10 09:21:04 Anonymous coward said
The pilot was Capt Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, at the time Executive Officer of VF-33. It was the opening pass in a Tomcat tactical demonstration at sea off the USS America in 1989.Although allot of skill is needed to perform the maneuver - it's more optical illusion than anything else...
on 2007-Apr-06 13:59:03 Anonymous coward said
This is a direct quote from an interview with Dale "Snort" Snodgrass regarding this picture (oh and I heard the story from him too at an airshow) it follows over (the next few posts..)
on 2007-Apr-06 13:59:57 Anonymous coward said
Snodgrass "it was my opening pass to a Tomcat tactical demonstration at sea. I started from the starboard rear quarter of the ship, at or slightly below flight deck level. Airspeed was at about 250 knots with the wings swept forward."
on 2007-Apr-06 14:01:01 Anonymous coward said
Birdman (quoting Snodgrass)
Snodgrass "I selected afterburner at about 1/2 mile behind and the aircraft accelerated to about 325-330 knots. As I approached the ship, I rolled into an 85 degree angle of bank and did a 2-3 g turn, finishing about 10- 20 degrees off of the ship's axis."
on 2007-Apr-06 14:02:04 Anonymous coward said
Birdman (Still quoting Snodgrass)
Snodgrass "As an aside The individual with his arms behind his back is Admiral Jay Johnson, the immediate past Chief of Naval Operations for the Navy."
on 2007-Apr-06 14:03:40 Anonymous coward said
So this should clarify things for everyone regarding this picture. The photo was taken by an Aviation Boson's Mate who worked the flight deck on the USS America.
on 2007-Apr-11 15:25:42 Anonymous coward said
Hey "PILOT",,, So he was grounded why?!?!?!?
on 2007-Jun-30 09:40:29 Anonymous coward said
He WAS NOT grounded. That is an urban legend. RTFP!
on 2007-Jul-19 10:58:19 Anonymous coward said
A new version of the old Bump And Run.
on 2007-Oct-04 08:43:39 Anonymous coward said
Yep, Snort was not grounded, low level knife edge passes have become his signature.
on 2007-Oct-05 20:08:54 Anonymous coward said
The aircraft was actually on the ground and showing its new roll over side stacking ability. This means we can treble the amount of aircraft we carry and deploy on our carriers!
on 2007-Oct-17 19:12:46 Anonymous coward said
Commander: Ensign! How the hell did you balance...take that thing down, now!
Ensign: But Commander, if we can get all of them to balance on edge like this, just think how many we can store on ship!
on 2007-Oct-30 04:46:10 Anonymous coward said
Man, senior officers get to have all the fun. (Line, that is.)
on 2007-Nov-19 11:58:33 Anonymous coward said
Look mother, I am do it NO HANDS
Look mother, I am doing it no hands
on 2007-Nov-19 17:24:07 Anonymous coward said
Good afternoon, the pilot was not grounded. Dale "Snort" Snodgrass holds the record for hours in the F-14 and asked if he could do the Dependent's Day Cruise Airshow (held out at sea.)this way. Caption on photo is hosed.
on 2007-Nov-30 09:39:49 Anonymous coward said
"Au milieu, la raie...?"
on 2007-Dec-15 21:40:47 Anonymous coward said
Erik B without Rakim
whatever, thats obviously an f-4 phantom.
on 2008-Jan-19 19:26:39 Anonymous coward said
Nope, that is not and F-4 phantom, that is an F-14 Tomcat.
on 2008-Apr-01 15:30:49 Anonymous coward said
f 14 tomcat pilot
it was awsome to see my brother fly by me like that!!
on 2008-Sep-14 04:45:04 Anonymous coward said
CO: You see sir? This is what the Navy is about. Well organized chaos through discipline, training, and seriousness.
on 2008-Oct-25 10:23:05 Anonymous coward said
It's Snort on Dependent's Day cruise. I was his RIO. It was a very safe, well-executed pass by an exceptional pilot. No one was grounded.
on 2010-Jun-04 23:16:38 Anonymous coward said
What is providing lift for the plane? Why aren't the rudders turned to compensate for the pull of gravity?
on 2010-Jun-17 15:53:32 Anonymous coward said
Lift? no lift... pure thrust.
Incredible pass. F-14s always did a better demo then the F.A.G.s (fighter-Attack Guys) F-18s..
The Sonic boom was louder too...
The Sonic boom was louder too...
on 2010-Jun-18 18:45:34 Anonymous coward said
I actually worked for Snort at FITWING as the Ordnance LCPO, right before we both retired. As for the most hours, I believe that Okie Nance holds that record. As for that being the Stennis, I don't believe that her keel had eeen laid when this pass was done.
on 2010-Aug-27 15:39:58 Anonymous coward said
Pilot to copilot: Look, don't call anyone and admit we're lost!!! Let's ask those dudes directions!
on 2010-Oct-25 16:14:12 Anonymous coward said
"Well, they usually turn the ship into the wind."
on 2010-Oct-30 23:38:01 Anonymous coward said
Took photo of Snodgrass on the America. To see more photos of Snodgrass go to www.f14flybyphoto.com
on 2011-Sep-24 21:42:15 AE said
I was an aviation electrician in VF-33 and on the flight deck when Commander Snodgrass flew by us. I was standing just a little farther up the ship at the time and remember ducking a little. It was that close. After the pass he then went vertical.
It was awesome serving in this squadron and under "Snort". I also remember the time he came back from some flight op's in Key West. His plane was really tore up. Panel calfax screws were either missing or loose on the plane-you just knew some serious G's were being pulled. Later we watched the video of him pulling some 8g's in a tight turn after another plane literally doing rolls over the other aircraft. He used to say "just give me the guns:
on 2011-Oct-19 09:12:36 Dr. Tracy Baker said
Hey Admiral, kiss my a**!
on 2012-Aug-29 16:00:46 DrTracy said
You guys on the deck, smile! You almost wound up as crispy critters!
on 2014-Sep-19 00:45:39 blaz said
i say ..AWSOME FLYING....i dont think this pilot should of been grounded... its not like he hit anyone...hahahah...:)
on 2015-Apr-20 09:46:57 Dr. Tracy Baker said
Navy pilots tend to be "hot dogs". When my sister was dating a carrier pilot, he "dive bombed" our house in the middle of the night. He came straight down toward the house, then pulled out at low level while turning on his afterburner. It shook the house and woke everyone up. One time he decided to see how close he could get to the water of Lake Geneva, Florida. But he neglected to notice a very important feature of that lake. Across part of it was a stand of Sawgrass about 7' high. When he landed on the carrier with Sawgrass hanging from the intake ports of his A-4 Skyhawk, the crew chief had a conniption, asking him "Where in the Hell have you been?" I am not aware of the answer he gave.
on 2016-Feb-10 17:49:45 Jake Donovan said
It is NOT fake. The pilot was NOT grounded. The PIC was Dale Snodgrass. It was a planned display. For people who understand cameras, the photo is a result of depth of field. 8 g's? Then he broke a plane. (Not the 1st F-14 Dale broke or RIO for that matter) Capt Snodgrass is the highest time F14 pilot on record and will always hold that title. I'd rather have a "hotdog" who can fly on my wing or lead then someone who plays video games. As for your "hot dog" Dr Baker, your story is FOS. There as so many holes in this story I need a sieve to read it. Me? Retired Naval Aviator. Time in F14s and A4's.