Tomcat carcass recovered

Navy Recovers Mangled Fuselage Of Downed Jet

f14wreckage.jpgThe wreckage of an F-14D lost in March off the coast of California has been recovered.

The fighter, flying off the USS STENNIS, experienced engine trouble and was re-directed to a land base but didn’t make it. The two-man crew ejected safely and were recovered by a private boat. A civilian in the area caught the crash on home video, though there’s not much to see.

Here’s a more detailed story on the recovery, including information on the unmanned sub, the SUPER SCORPIO operated by the Deep Submergence Unit, that was used to locate the wreckage and attach slings so a crane could bring it to the surface. The first attempt to winch the fuselage to the surface was unsuccessful, so more slings, reinforced with old fire hoses, were rigged.

(The pic is from Army Times’ Frontline Photos.)


  1. I am glad we have jets like this protecting us! What the hell was he Patroling the TITANIC? (rim shot) mabye he was on the HUNT FOR THE RED OCTOBER?? (another) Or was he searching for JAWS(and another) or was it the aliens in the ABYSS (thanks you sir may I have another). Or he was looking for the LOST CITY OF ATLANTIS. . .O sorry that is on the other coast. mabye next time he will find that elusive LOCH NESS MONSTER

  2. Poor old Goose would not be happy with this performance. You have tarnished the rock-solid image of Tom Cruise (all 5’4′ of him). Maybe you should hook him up with one of those homosexual guns for fighting the samurai…