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May 09, 2006

Well, It Was a NAVY Jet

A tail section from a U.S. Navy fighter jet that crashed 3 1/2 years ago off Key West, Fla., has turned up 4,900 miles away on a beach in Ireland.

A retired commercial airline captain, identified by the Irish Examiner newspaper as Charlie Coughlan, discovered the tail piece Friday. The Navy confirmed Tuesday that markings on the section, including squadron insignia and a serial number, pointed to the downed F-14 Tomcat.

Currents from the Gulf of Mexico near the tip of Florida might have floated the nearly 10-foot-long triangular piece of vertical stabilizer, one of two on the plane, to the beach in West Cork on Ireland's southern shore.

Shades of thousands of Nike sneakers blazing a path across the Pacific, huh?

Posted by tree hugging sister at May 9, 2006 10:45 PM


Hey, remember this movie?

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at May 9, 2006 11:07 PM

No. Damn, musta missed it.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at May 9, 2006 11:12 PM