F-14 Tomcat

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

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

5 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

6 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

6 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

8 months ago

The story of the US Navy F-14 Tomcat aircrew that inspired the Legendary Top Gun Movie

Learning to fly and fight the Tomcat in combat was the main goal for both the F-14 aircrews and the… Read More

8 months ago

Last F-14 Tomcat in US Navy service will be moving from Bethpage to Cradle of Aviation Museum

Felix 101, F-14D BuNo 164603, the last Tomcat in US Navy service, currently in front of a vacant office building… Read More

8 months ago

The day Shah of Iran said he liked the F-15 because it was an Air Superiority Fighter but he liked the F-14 even more because he Needed an Air Supremacy Fighter

The Shah was a very intelligent man and knew the benefits which an F-14/AWG-9/PHOENIX system would provide in defending the… Read More

8 months ago

There was a Real-Life Goose RIO who was Killed during an Ejection Accident too: but Instead of the Top Gun Character He Ended Up with five total Ejections, the Last being Fatal

Goose (Maverick’s Radar Intercept Officer, RIO) provided an emotional spine to Top Gun when he is killed by accident and… Read More

9 months ago

From the F/A-18 Super Hornet to the F-14 Tomcat: all the Fighter Aircraft featured in Top Gun: Maverick

This time, it looks like Maverick and the rest of the Navy crew in “Top Gun: Maverick” will face the… Read More

9 months ago

F-14 RIO explains how a Tomcat Crew could Outmaneuver a Hornet, why in some Mission Profiles the F/A-18 is a better Air-to-Air Fighter than the F-14 and why the Super Hornet is Worthless against China

‘As for which would have been a better air-to-air platform, it depends on what specific mission profiles you’re talking about,… Read More

9 months ago

Greek Tomcats: The Saga of the F-14 fighter jets that Greece Never Ordered

The Sunday Times claimed in July 1984 that the US Government had decided to suspend the shipment of a consignment… Read More

10 months ago

F-15 Vs F-14 Vs CF-188: the Eagle in Dissimilar Fighting against legendary Tomcat crews and why Eagle Pilots liked the Fake Canopies painted on Canadian Hornets

Much was made of the F-15 Eagle's prowess as an air-to-air fighter, but — at least initially — much of… Read More

11 months ago

The epic story of the F-14 Tomcat pilot who disobeyed the order to return to the carrier to provide CAS support during the Battle of Roberts Ridge

Ordered to return to the ship by the AWACS after dropping all of his bombs, Lt Sidbury told everybody -… Read More

11 months ago

Former US Navy Test Pilot explains why the Super Tomcat 21 would outperform the Super Hornet in every area except Reliability

There is no doubt the Super Tomcat 21 would have been the better plane but it still would have likely… Read More

12 months ago