F-14B Tomcat Weathering
by CAPT Dana "Smudge" Potts
Right Forward Fuselage Detail
of F-14B Tomcat "112"
VF-103 "Jolly Rogers"
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I was on a cross country returning to Oceana from Whidby Island
and we stopped into Hill AFB for refueling. We had to wait about an hour as 20
F-16’s launched before us.
During the delay, I noticed that my jet had all the classic
weathering that I see from day to day but is rarely documented up close. The
following pictures speak for themselves. Of primary interest to me is the
streaking from the various fasteners and rivets.
Also of note in the photos below:
Silicone putty used around the TCS
Abundant spot painting – we’d rather
area paint but current directives do not permit it.
Note the fasteners – often these are
replaced but not painted leaving the golden color of cadmium plating. The photo
of the upper right intake shot shows this. The turtle back also has a whole row
of unpainted fasteners but I’m not certain they show up in the pics.
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Images Copyright ©
2002 by CAPT Dana "Smudge" Potts
Page Created 09 July, 2002
19 April, 2004
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