When you don’t know what you are talking about,

31 08 2010

Shut UP!

Yahoo!  isn’t exactly known for its in-depth journalism, but even they should refrain from stupid stuff like this teaser, which showed up on the homepage today:

Fighter jet priced to move at $175,000

The dream of owning a jet similar to the one Tom Cruise flew in “Top Gun” gets more affordable.”

The article in question was about the sale of a Saab 35 Draken.  The Draken, one of the cooler design to come out the Saab design works, was a fighter that was built between 1955 and 1974 as a single-seat Mach 2 interceptor.  The fighter employed a unique double-delta design and was roughly contemporaneous with the US Century Series fighters, including the F-102 Delta Dagger and F-104 Starfighter.

Tom Cruise, on the other hand, was flying F-14 Tomcats in “Top Gun.”  The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft first deployed in 1974 as a fleet air-superiority fighter.

For comparison:

A Draken

A Tomcat:

Pretty much the only similarities between the Draken and the Tomcat is that both have wings.  To say that it is “a jet similar to the one Tom Cruise flew in “Top Gun”” is like saying you could fulfill a dream by buying a Chevette because it is similar to the car Tom Cruise drove in “Days of Thunder,” since both have four wheels.





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