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Grumman F-14 Tomcat: Bye - Bye Baby...!: Images & Reminiscences From 35 Years of Active Service Hardcover – May 31, 2006


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WINGS, October 2006
“Every once in awhile, a new book comes along that literally takes your breath away with page after page of never-before-seen photographs punctuated by pithy, no-hold-barred text taken straight from conversations overheard at Happy Hour at the O’Club. Grumman F-14 Tomcat is just such a book…Authors and photographers Dave “Hey Joe” Parsons, George Hall, and Bob Lawson have created nothing less than the ultimate celebration of the foremost air superiority fighter of the Cold War, and one of the most potent fighter bombers of the Gulf Wars as well. From the runway at Miramar to the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, this book takes you where the action is.”
 
Pacific Flyer, August 2006
“This is the coffee table book to end all coffee table books, especially if you’ve ever flown, sean, or heard of a Tomcat. The book weighs almost four and a half pounds, is 13 3/4” x 10 1/2” and filled with 200 glossy pages of some of the most breath-taking color photos you’ve ever seen. Equally great is the commentary of the pilots who flew the big cats themselves. Alongside each picture is a short commentary by a ‘Cat driver, some hilarious, always insightful…I could think of no higher calling than to be an F-14 pilot, and this book celebrates the men and the planes they flew.”


Naval Aviations News, Sept./Oct. 2006
“There are labors of love, and then there’s this book, put together by three experienced, highly motives individuals, each bringing his own special skills to the project. [Grumman F-14 Tomcat] provides some fabulous photography and wonderful memories, all for a very reasonable price. This is not a history of the Tomcat, although going through all the quotations you certainly gain a sense of the F-14’s story and contribution…The concept is elegant in its simplicity: a magnificent collection of color pictures from professional photographers as well as the people who flew or maintained, and clearly loved, the Tomcat…The photos are juxtaposed with poetic memories, short and long, but all highly readable…Tomcat Bye-Bye…! is a terrific requiem for one of the modern era’s greatest jet fighters. It will bring several hours of pleasant browsing and reminiscence to operator and enthusiast alike. Great job, baby!”
 
Proceedings/U.S. Naval Institute, September 2006
“In Grumman F-14 Tomcat, professional photographers and authors David Parsons, George Hall, and Bob Lawson have assembled a memorable collection of stunning photographs and graphic, first-hand accounts of the Tomcat to document the successful 35-year service life of the Navy’s premier fighter…The heart of this book is a collection of riveting one-page anecdotes and quotes from flight and ground cres, each told in the vernacular of the ready room and the back bar, replete with acronyms, jargon, and colorful ‘pilot speak’ that are essential to the story. The tales are complemented by the finest, most comprehensive collection of Tomcat photographs ever assembled in one book. From the front cover to the last colorful page, each image in this oversized, coffee-table book is a work of art.”


IPMS Journal, September 2006
“This book is nothing less than a love story told in pictures and a few, well chosen words. Large, glamorous images of the Turkey taken by many of today's foremost aviation photographers are accompanied by short quotes from those who flew, wrenched, and in a few cases, punched out of this beloved big dawg of a fighter.  The text is added in such a way that each recollection appears poetic, although describing how two NFO's jumped from the cockpit of a Tomcat under tow, as the combination of a tight carrier turn and a rogue wave launched Tomcat and tractor over the side, probably doesn't qualify as poetic…The images are simply stunning.  Ranging from silhouette-lit sunset profiles to close-ups taken during the filming of Top Gun, you'll see Grumman's last Cat from every conceivable vantage point (including a few that will leave you wondering how that picture was possibly taken)…Highly recommended, particularly if "call the ball" fits anywhere in your vernacular.”
 
Virginian-Pilot, August 20, 2006
“There is little danger, even after looking at page after page of the giant jets, of one’s ever getting bored…The vignettes from the air crews and mechanics are priceless, some even newsworthy.”

About the Author

Dave "Hey Joe" Parsons is a longtime tomcat aviator who is currently a top executive of the Titan Corp in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For many years he was the editor of the Navy's Approach Magazine, and he has authored some 20 books on military aviation.
 
George Hall is America's foremost aviation photographer and has 30 books to his credit, including the first nonfiction title published on Topgun. An authority on the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, he lives in Tiburon, California.
 
Bob Lawson is the former editor of Tailhook Magazine, the journal of the Tailhook Association. He has logged more hours and traps in the Tomcat than any nonaviator. An authority on carrier-based aviation, he lives in St George Utah.
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press; First edition (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760325766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760325766
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Wilson on August 11, 2006
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I've seen some spectacular pictures of F-14s over the years, but never so many in a single book. Simply fantastic. A book this beautiful would be reasonable at 2 or 3 times the price. In addition to the incredible pictures, are the anecdotes in the pilots' own words. They're all fascinating. A few are unnervingly frightening -- read page 104! I'm not going to tell you. You'll have to buy your own copy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Art Vandelay on June 29, 2006
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This is one of the finest aviation books I've ever seen. If your looking for technical analysis or or line drawings this book is not for you. This book is told by the men who flew and maintained the F-14. The photography is superb, The lay-out is great. This is a fitiing tribute to the greatest fighter jet ever made.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Gorsky on July 1, 2006
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I maintained the Tomcat while I was in VF-1 "WOLFPACK". I loved the old bird back then, and everyday since. The fact that the Tomcat has to retire is sad and very unfortunate. However, if this book serves any purpose, it makes saying "goodbye" a bit easier. While there is a little too little describing the pics, the pics are awesome enough to not really need it. It is very nice to see such perfection in aviation photography and to read the kind and descriptive words of all those former Tomcat drivers and Rio's. This book does the life of the F-14 a great service. If you are out to find descriptive notes and thorough info on the 'Cat, you won't find it in this book (there are hundreds of other books/resources for that). This book is simply a very thorough photo-history of the greatest fighter ever tot ake to the sky. "BYE-BYE BABY" just doesn't sum it up, somehow.

ANYTIME BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Carstens on August 29, 2006
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Not too much to say, other then this is one of the most impressive collections of 200 pages ever.

I have had a long obsession with the TOMCAT and this book does it justice.

I have bought many TOMCAT related books in the past and all of them had the exact same first chapters the already well known beginings of this great fighter.

This book is a nice change, it is something different, instead of the same old story reprinted and repackaged it looks at the TOMCAT from a different angle.

It has pictures from some of the worlds finest and luckiest photographers and the text is made up almost entirerly from first hand experiances from the people who flew, fixed and loved the TOMCAT.

I really love this book and have no regrets in getting it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daddy Trout on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For those interested in the history of one of America's classic, high

performance, fighter jets and the 14 squadrons of men and women primarily

based out of Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach that flew them,

this is a great illustrated volume. As the parent of a "cat driver" from

the USS Enterprise who flew the first missions in Afganistan, the work was

well done showing many of the maneuvers this wonderful aircraft was capable

of doing. The Tomcat is gone from service but she will not be forgotten by

the men and women who flew her during her long distinguished career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Cooper on July 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There have been many books written about the last of the Grumman Cats. But this coffee table style book is the best of the best. The collection of photographs is superb! If there is anyone out there who has never witnessed an F-14 spool up or seen one fly at an airshow, this book is for you.

But it's not just the photographs, it's the text that accompanies the pictures. There are remembrances from the aircrews that flew this venerable jet. This work is a true testament to the workmanship of those at Grumman and the many men and women who maintained the aircraft, and those who flew and fought in what is considered the best naval fighter aircraft of all time.

Kudos to the authors of this work. If you listen ever so closely, you will hear the unique sounds of freedom that only the F-14 could deliver.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Morgan on July 22, 2006
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This is a tremedous piece of work on what was probably the Navy's most iconic aircraft of the post-Vietnam period. Parsons and Hall found an incredible array of pictures from a variety of names that anyone who follows carrier aircraft will recognize- Lawson, Twomey, Heatley, Potts and Carlson, just to name a few. They matched the photography with comments and insights from the aviators that flew the type through the Tomcat's long and distinguished history. What you read includes the high points as well as the warts and a lot of "insider info" you won't find anywhere else. This isn't a nuts-and-bolts, detail freak kind of book- but will certainly, in the long run, remain one of the best efforts on the type produced.

Rick
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Hoffman on July 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have virtually every Tomcat book that was ever released and this one is at the top of the list. Excellent photography, and the many short stories from air and ground crew are obviously from men (and women) that "walked the walk". There has already been many tech and "history of" books written, so it is very refreshing to read a book of memories from the people that made it the "Best of the Best". Some damn humorous stories included.
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