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    Final flight of the F-14 to land on LI October 4th!

    Still trying to confirm this, but word on Fence Check has F-14 #164603, originally destined for the Virginia Air Museum slated to arrive on LI October 4th. The Museum in Richmond received a bird last week that was previously scheduled to go to AMARC. According to the current fly-off schedule for the rest of VF-31's Tomcats this will be the final Tomcat flight...ever. Unless you live in Iran that is. My fingers are crossed!
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    What??? LI as in LONG ISLAND??? I am tired but are you saying it may land at Calverton....er... McArthur....omm.....Farmingdale???
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    Final location is slated as Grumman/Bethpage so Republic would be my guess. If true how fitting an end to US Navy Tomcat operations this would be.
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    Calverton is a closed airfied
    Jetblue Pilot departure announcement : "We are pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry ...Unfortunately none of them are on this flight...!"

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    Sky Dive Long Island operates out of Calverton. (See Below)

    http://www.skydivelongisland.com/facilities.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by K9DEP
    Calverton is a closed airfied
    Yep...but you can call up the owner and have clearance for landing granted.....My friend went there last year for a pitstop in a 152.....
    Could you imagine if they brought it to Calverton???
    The three most common expressions in aviation are, "Why is it doing that?", "Where are we?" and "Oh Crap".

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    DO please keep us advsied. When It happens, I won't be taking photos. Moments like that need to be felt seen smelled and heard!
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    I have a feeling a handle of people are going to be very interested in what I post in the near future.

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    So this a one-way trip, meaning LI could be getting another static Tomcat memorial? Maybe Northrup Grumman wants to set something up if the final destination is Bethpage.
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    Wow this is very cool news!! Lets hope if they do land her at at Calverton they open it up for people to come and watch. I knew I heard somone scream last night, now I know it was Fred! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bird76
    Wow this is very cool news!! Lets hope if they do land her at at Calverton they open it up for people to come and watch. I knew I heard somone scream last night, now I know it was Fred! LOL
    You must have heard 2 screams because I was first!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mirrodie
    DO please keep us advsied. When It happens, I won't be taking photos. Moments like that need to be felt seen smelled and heard!
    You could not be more correct Mario. I'll be an emotional wreck so I wouldn't get any clear pictures anyway! :cry:
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    Confirmed!!!!!!!

    To quote renowned Tomcat photographer and author David F. Brown, "IT IS WRITTEN, LET IT BE DONE. I HEREBY CONFIRM 164603 WILL ARRIVE OVER LONG ISLAND, 4 OCTOBER 2006, THEREBY MAKING THE LAST TOMCAT LAUNCH, BREAK FOR AND LANDING IN HISTORY."

    And Fred, it's a Wednesday. So you will be among the hundreds, if not thousands, on hand to witness a most historic and melancholic day in aviation history.
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    Well I won't be going @#$#@$#%#@#[email protected] :x :x :x

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    HELL YEA! Please let me know the desination and ETA when available...if not, I will have to sleep over at the airport! :lol:

    Thank you SOOOOOooooo much for keeping us in the loop on this one!
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    I PREY to every supreme being in existance that it is in the afternoon so I can catch a train to get there in time...I will gladly spend a hundred bucks to see this.

    Quick question to anyone familiar with the LIRR: I assume going from Penn to Pinelawn, I will have to change trains at Jamaica? (Sorry, I don't ride the rails too often, want to make sure i get this right)
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