FlightDreamz wrote:Actually much as I hate to say it, I'd rather see a Tomcat go out in a blaze of glory as a "QF-14" then be ground up into scrap (probably to be recycled as beer cans)!
And you prolly never would've had it not been uncovered. It explains a lot of Chirac's recalcitrance before the war. Wink
A look at an IRIAF F-14 Tomcat which is completely overhauled after 13 years in TAB-8 Isfahan and is now doing its FCF.
falconfixer860261 wrote:There are controls as to who parts can be sold to and exported to. Specifically there are ITAR regulations governing this.
cutlassracer wrote:Since they are destroying all of them, wonder why not turn them into QF-14's and blow them out of the sky for fun and excitement. Seems to be ok for the Phantoms. This being our 14's not Irans, they'll meet thier fate soon enough.
Roscoe wrote:falconfixer860261 wrote:There are controls as to who parts can be sold to and exported to. Specifically there are ITAR regulations governing this.
Exactly...laws will prohibit the sale of those parts. Not to say it can't happen, but I suspect folks will be keeping their eyes on those parts.
Some museums that got Tomcats remarked they had never seen planes that had gotten demilled so fast after they arrived.
launcherman wrote:It all depends on what parts are key to this thing flying. Did the techs take all the tech data with them too? They say they are flyable? but have they flown them? Hydraulic, fuel and engine systems do not age well if they are not used. With the F-14's swingwing that must be some massive hydro system. Ask some F-111 guys, that was probably the worst part about that aircraft to work on. But I guess with any "part" the Iranians could attempt to reverse engineer them and manufacture them themselves. Schematics could be remapped, software could be a problem I guess. Have the Iranians sunk that much money into the F-14 program or put it in other things?
launcherman wrote:Do we know they are FLYING them or are they just reporting flyable status?
Anyone from Janes on here?
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