Panel size: 30" x 19"
F-14B BuNo 161608 of the VF-103 "Sluggers"
Flown by Capt. Dale "Snort" Snodgrass USN (Ret.)
Capt Snodgrass flew this particular F-14B on occaision while testing the new Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) system. The nose art reflects this achievement and although painted on both sides of the nose, its name is in different colors for unknown reasons.
Capt Snodgrass is known in the aviation community as a legend and is credited to flying the most hours in an F-14, over 4,800 hrs and 1,200 plus carrier arrested landings.
He was CO of VF-33 (CVW-17) and led his squadron into Desert Storm.
The movie "TOP GUN" was loosly base on "Snort" as he served as a consultant to the film.
The famous knife-edge pass photo on below captures Capt Snodgrass doing what he does best (usually at air shows now). Contrary to popular myth, he had the Admiral's permission to do this on numerous occasions and on this occasion, was for a "Tiger Cruise" aboard the USS America in late-summer, 1988 where family and friends attended the festivities and private sea air show.
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