Great accomplishment like Spurd said above, but I seriously doubt anyone thought they would not hit 50 again this year, especially in a full season.
ďThe [Navy] specs called for Mach 2.34. We actually tested the airplane for Mach 2.5. I flew it 2.5 a couple times. When you fly a Phantom, itís built for 2.0, but when you fly that fast you know it. Itís like sitting on a beach ball; you donít know which way itíll go, itís so sensitive. In a F-14 itís like sitting in a Cadillac. Itís solid. You donít realize youíre going that fast.