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Playboy Tomcat + Fishbeds

9 November 2016
021101-N-1955P-001 At sea aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) Nov. 1, 2002 -- An F-14 "Tomcat" assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) flies in formation during “Joint Wings 2002” with two Croatian Air Force MiG 21 “Fishback” fighter aircraft over Croatia. “Joint Wings” is a multinational exercise between the U.S. and the Croat Air Force designed to practice intelligence gathering. The Jolly Rogers, part of the ship's embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW 17), sent a detachment to the Pula Air Base in Croatia to support the exercise. The Washington is on a scheduled deployment. U. S. Navy photo by Capt. Dana Potts. (RELEASED)

An F-14 Tomcat assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) flies in formation two Croatian Air Force MiG 21 “Fishback” fighter aircraft over Croatia—U. S. Navy photo by Capt Dana Potts

021029-N-1955P-020 Pula, Croatia -- An F-14 “Tomcat” fighter assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) leads a formation comprised of F/A-18 “Hornet” strike fighters from the “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34, the “Sunliners” of VFA-81, and the “Rampagers” of VFA-83. U.S. aircraft belong to Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17), currently embarked on board. Two Croat MiG-21 “Fishbed” fighter-interceptors flank the each side of the formation. U.S. Navy aviation squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) have sent a detachment to Croatia in order to participate in Joint Wings 2002. Joint Wings is a multinational exercise between the U.S. and the Croat Air Force designed to practice intelligence gathering. George Washington is homeported in Norfolk, Va., and is nearing the end of a scheduled six month deployment after completing combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. U.S. Navy photograph by CAPT Dana Potts. (RELEASED)

An F-14 Tomcat assigned to the “Jolly Rogers” of Fighter Squadron One Zero Three (VF-103) flies in formation two Croatian Air Force MiG 21 “Fishback” fighter aircraft and F/A-18 Hornets over Croatia—U. S. Navy photo by Capt Dana Potts

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  1. 9 November 2016 01:16

    About twenty five years ago, there were two or three Mig-21s for sale in Trade-a-Plane. They were about $60K, and came with a couple of spare engines and other spare parts at that price. Oldest son wanted to buy one because the purchase price was doable, especially for a young doctor.

    I told him that feeding the engines would break the bank, not to mention that I would not have enough money to bail him out of jail, plus pay for all the broken crockery and windows in his flight path.

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