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Former IIAF Tomcat pilots tell the True Story of why Iran picked the F-14 over the F-15
‘The AWG-9 enabled us to engage at ranges that F-15 pilots could only dream of. We could even use AIM-7s and AIM-9s at longer ranges than the Eagle,’ Maj Ali former IIAF F-14 Tomcat pilot Iran's inability to prevent overflights by Soviet MiG-25Rs is said by many Western observers to have been...
The “ADCOM F-14:” the Tomcat that USAF never bought
Studies indicated 170 “ADCOM F-14 Tomcats” could provide the same level of Defense as 290 F-15 Eagles Taken at the Grumman Calverton test facility in the summer of 1972, the interesting photos in this post show the mock-up of the so called “ADCOM F-14” created by Grumman in response to an U.S....
According this video 24 F-14 Tomcats are currently in service with IRIAF
IRIAF fleet of F-14s is divided into two categories: 'airworthy' but with no operational AN/AWG-9 radars and weapons systems; and 'fully mission capable', most of which have operational avionics and are capable of undertaking all types of air defence missions Called "Scary Iran Air Force Power 2018," the video in this article provides an overview of Islamic Republic of Iran Air...
How the F-14 Tomcat sharpened his teeth: the story of the six-on-six missile shot test
The six-on-six missile shot was considered a huge success, since demonstrated that both the F-14 Tomcat and the AIM-54 Phoenix missile were ready to enter active service The legendary F-14 Tomcat's six-on-six missile shot test. The F-14 Tomcat, which was conceived towards the end of the 1960s as a multimission fighter able to defend U.S. Navy Carrier Battle Groups (CVBG) from...
"There isn’t enough thrust in all Christendom to make a Navy fighter out of that airplane:” how F-111B's death led to the birth of the iconic F-14 Tomcat
A comparison study between the F-14 (then Grumman's concept of a new fighter), the F-111B and a couple of other aircraft, resulted that the F-14 was a far better aircraft that any of the others One of the best fighters ever built, the Grumman F-14 was born when the General Dynamics F-111B (for which Grumman was prime contractor) failed to...
IRIAF has upgraded an F-14 Tomcat
The process to upgrade the F-14 fighter jet began in February 2017. The Tomcat has now joined Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-14's fleet Iran says it has succeeded in upgrading a Grumman F-14 Tomcat and return it to service. According Mehr News Agency the process to upgrade the F-14 fighter jet began in February 2017. The Tomcat undertook flight...
Cool video shows fully armed IRIAF F-14A Tomcat performing night scramble
The footage shows almost every air-to-air weapon carried by IRIAF F-14A fighters The following gorgeous video shows a night scramble of a fully armed Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcat. As you can see the several video clips show almost every air-to-air weapon carried by IRIAF F-14s. Noteworthy along with the M61A1 Vulan 20mm internal cannon, AIM-54 Phoenix radar-guided long-range air-to-air missile,...
The (simulated) kills achieved by F-14 and F-15 fighters against the SR-71 Mach 3 spy plane
F-14 and F-15 fighters were able to achieve simulated SR-71 kills, but only under certain conditions During its 24 years of service, the SR-71 Blackbird gathered intelligence in some of the world’s most hostile environments. The Blackbird evaded all 4,000 missiles fired at it and, to this day, remains the only U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircraft to never lose a...
One Of A Kind: cool promotional video illlustrates F-14 Tomcat's unparalleled capabilities
The F-14 Tomcat was fitted with a powerful weapons system known as the AWG-9 which was able to support the AIM-54 Phoenix that provided an unprecedented one-hundred mile range Called One Of A Kind and made by Grumman to promote the F-14 fighter program, the cool video in this post shows how the mighty Tomcat could operate alone in tactical conditions,...
Tomcat Vs Foxbat: the story of how IRIAF F-14 crews learned to shoot down the MiG-25 Mach 3 fighter jet
The F-14 Tomcat fired one AIM-54A from a range of over 100km (60 miles). The missile quickly cut the distance to the MiG-25 Foxbat and slammed into it, creating a huge ball of fire When the then Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF, renamed Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, IRIAF, after the Islamic Revolution) purchased the F-14 Tomcat the service...