F-14 Tomcat

Hey Geeks! Here you can read all F-14 Tomcat stories published on The Aviation Geek Club site.

From doing a flyby of the tower at over 400 knots to ejecting from an F-14: former Tomcat RIO answers your questions

From doing a flyby of the tower at over 400 knots to ejecting from an F-14: former Tomcat RIO answers your questions

‘I have actually done a fly by of the tower at over 400 knots…and I have photos to prove it,’… Read More

3 days ago

From the F-14 retirement to dogfighting against the F/A-18: former Tomcat RIO answers your questions

‘The Hornet and Super Hornet would be challenging opponents in an engagement. As a baseline initial move, the F-14 Tomcat… Read More

2 weeks ago

The story of the Iraqi MiG-23 Flogger that mistakenly shot down an Iranian F-14 Tomcat that was defecting to Iraq

The young lieutenant acquired a lock-on and fired a single R-24T. The hefty weapon detonated below the F-14A, setting it… Read More

2 weeks ago

A Kill is a Kill! The story of the Iraqi MiG-23 that crashed while trying to escape from two AIM-54 Phoenix missiles fired by US Navy F-14 Tomcats

While approaching for the second landing attempt, the Iraqi MiG-23 ran out of fuel, stalled and crashed only 200 metres… Read More

1 month ago

The story of the US Navy TARPS-equipped F-14 Tomcat that took a photo of its own GBU-12 heading for its target

Taken during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the following amazing photograph of a GBU-12 heading for its target was taken by a… Read More

1 month ago

“Splash the Zeros!” F-14 pilot who flew in The Final Countdown shares his personal notes on the movie that introduced the Tomcat to Hollywood

Six years before “Top Gun” prominently featured the F-14 Tomcat, “The Final Countdown” proved that Grumman’s twin-tailed fighter had star… Read More

1 month ago

F-14D pilot recalls that time Chuck Yeager said his Super Tomcat was “the only real fighter” featured at Edwards AFB air show

‘He asked a few questions about our deployment and how it performed over Iraq, asked about me and my RIO,… Read More

2 months ago

Tomcat Vs BUFF: B-52 pilot recalls the dogfights he and his crew had against US Navy F-14 fighter jets

‘The F-14 Tomcat could sweep its wings forward to nearly seventy degrees from its swept-wing, high-speed configuration and match my… Read More

2 months ago

F-14’s first air-to-air kill was a gun kill. But it wasn’t scored by a US Navy Tomcat.

A US Navy legend maintains that a few older F-14 pilots promised to erect a monument to the first individual… Read More

3 months ago

Getting Grumman and the Tomcat through Difficult Times: the story of Bob Belter, the man who bought the first 70 F-14 Fighter Jets for the US Navy

Bob Belter. You’d think more people would know the name of a man who bought 70 F-14 Tomcats! Bob Belter.… Read More

3 months ago

F-14 pilot tells the story of when he landed his crippled Tomcat with the wings swept back

‘Since the wings weren’t budging, we were getting ready to have one wild landing.’ Mark Vizcarra, F-14 Tomcat pilot. Advancements… Read More

4 months ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story behind this famed F-14 Cockpit Selfie

'Here’s the story behind one of my selfies that has gotten much more exposure than I ever expected. (Exposure, get… Read More

4 months ago

A Life-or-Death Experience: Former F-14 pilot tells the story of when he and his RIO had a Tomcat single-engine cat shot

“As I quickly found out, the F-14 could fly single-engine, even with full fuel and a typical loadout. Our Tomcat… Read More

4 months ago

Taming the Tomcat: test pilot in the F-14 Program tells the story of the “Great DLC Fight with Grumman” and explains why the Tomcat handled better at 15 than it did at 17 units AOA

Since Commander Emory Brown's background as a test pilot in the Tomcat Program is widely known, we believed his perspective… Read More

5 months ago

From Missileer to Tomcat: The saga of the development of the F-14 out of the ashes of the Joint Service F-111B program

The saga of the development of the F-14 Tomcat out of the ashes of the Joint Service F-111B program is… Read More

5 months ago

F-14 Tomcat RIO explains how he and his pilot were able to face alone 5 gutsy F-4 Phantoms and come out on top

“As we flashed past their formation at 1,000 knots closing speed, Jaws immediately cranked our jet into a crushing 6.5-g… Read More

5 months ago