Wed, May 10, 2006
Wreckage Came From 2003 Mishap Near FL
It's travelled a long way... the tail section of a US Navy F-14
Tomcat (file photo of type, below) that went down during a training
mission three-and-a-half years ago off Key West, FL. Last Friday, a
man walking along the beach found the piece of wreckage.
That's not very ususual -- except the beach retired airline
captain Charlie Coughlan was walking on was in Ireland, 4,900 miles
away from Florida.
The Irish Examiner newspaper reports currents from the Gulf of
Mexico may have floated the almost 10-foot-long triangular piece of
one of the Tomcat's two vertical stabs to the back in West Cork, on
the southern shores of Ireland.
On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed that, based on markings still
visible on the wreckage, that it had come from the downed F-14,
which went down October 3, 2002. Both crew members ejected
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