Actually - for number crunching it was tops - better than C or C++. But for structured programming it was kind of awful. Computed gotos? ICK! And no dynamic allocation. We had 3 images for everything laying around - small, medium, and large. Sizes referred to static array allocation sizes.
Yes I did get my start hacking F77 on VAX/VMS systems.
No, I don't miss it at all.