Catblogging Extra

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) passes under the Friendship Bridge during the ship’s transit through the Suez Canal Feb. 15, 2006. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is currently under way on a regularly scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations. DoD photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird, U.S. Navy. (Released)

Pic from JCCC. Because you can never have enough Cats, and their time is getting short.


  1. Would you feel better if the F-35C were called the Hellcat? F-35A Python? (Replacing the F-16 Viper) F-35B Wildcat? (Since it was used by the USMC in the Battle for Wake Island)

  2. A Lockheed airplane named after a cat? Blasphme! There would be wild riots, looting, and burning all over Long Island! Oh wait, wrong country. The F-35 won’t measure up to the F-14 aerodynamically. Apparently even with CFD, 3D CAD, and PC’s on the secretary’s desk faster than a Cray supercomputer when the F-14 was designed, aerodynamics is a lost art. You’d think they’d be able to fix that after a decade or so of working on the airplane, but they can’t. It’s not something you add in after the fact. Too bad they didn’t put 2 F-119 engines and thrust vectoring nozzels in the Tomcat. They could sharpen up the leading edge on the glove too for better low speed handling. Then they’d have one hell of a weapon. Of course, the fact that it would ‘supercruise’ far better than the F-22 would keep that from ever ever ever being allowed.

  3. Dfens, I think the reason is that stealth is a higher priority than speed or maneuverability these days. Higher even than fuel economy or weapons carriage, probably. That may actually be sensible. I’m not sure. I have a mathematician friend who thinks stealth will be countered in the next few years by better radar DSP. I’m not so sure about that, but I think there may be something in it. I think the F-14 would make a good light bomber/attack platform for long-range attacks or for when enemy air defenses are suppressed. I’m not sure that air combat these days really relies on turning-and-burning very much. If it did the F-14 would still be a great air combat vehicle but if it all comes down to sensors, weapons and stealth all that stuff becomes kind of irrelevant. I suspect the truth is somewhere inbetween.