AIM-7 Sparrow

F-14 pilot recalls when he nearly fired an AIM-7 Sparrow against a Boeing 727 on intercept vector to the RC-135 his Tomcat was escorting

F-14 pilot recalls when he nearly fired an AIM-7 Sparrow against a Boeing 727 on intercept vector to the RC-135 his Tomcat was escorting

The F-14 Tomcat Overall, the US Navy's Grumman F-14 Tomcat was without equal among Cold War fighter jets. Six long-range… Read More

3 months ago

Israeli Air Force F-4 Navigator recalls when he and his pilot attacked an Egyptian warship with an AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile during the Yom Kippur War

The F-4 Kurnass Despite the ability of the American manufactured F-4 to perform both the air-to-ground and air-to-air roles with… Read More

5 months ago

SR-71 pilot recalls when he accelerated his Blackbird to Mach 3.2 and denied an F-15 pilot an “easy,” simulated kill against its Habu during a training sortie

The SR-71 Blackbird During its 24 years of service, the SR-71 Blackbird gathered intelligence in some of the world’s most… Read More

6 months ago

170 F-14s could provide the same level of Defense as 290 F-15s but USAF bought the Eagle instead of the Tomcat. Here’s why.

The F-14 Advancements during the Cold War in Soviet long range patrol and bomber aircraft dictated a requirement for a… Read More

6 months ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story of when he and his pilot destroyed a supersonic target drone by means of an AIM-7 fired by their F-14 flying at more than Mach 1

“Halfway through the turn my “radar lock” lights went out. I had messed up the intercept! ‘Broke lock,’ I growled… Read More

12 months ago

The story of the Canadian CF-18 Hornet that fired an AIM-7 Sparrow Air-to-Air Missile at an Iraqi patrol boat during Operation Desert Storm

During Operation Desert Storm Canadian CF-18 aircraft took the fight to the enemy in an unconventional way on the night… Read More

1 year ago

XF4H-1 Phantom II vs XF8U-3 Super Crusader: The Great Shoot Out

On Jun. 2, 1958, one of the greatest "What If" Airplanes in Naval Aviation history first took wing. The XF8U-3… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know that the SR-71 Blackbird was so fast that the F-15 Eagle radar couldn’t see it?

‘Don and I, as well as many other crewmembers, had flown numerous ‘Tomcat Chase’ and ‘Eagle Bait’ sorties against our… Read More

2 years ago

No Internal Gun and Smoking Engines: former Topgun pilots explain why US Navy F-4s initially struggled to compete with North Vietnamese MiG-17 and MiG-21 fighters

Despite flying the world's most modern fighter interceptor armed with state-of-the-art AIM-7 and AIM-9 guided missiles, US Navy F-4 crews… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the Israeli F-4 crew that attacked an Egyptian warship with an AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile during the Yom Kippur War

“I remembered that I once read in Aviation Week that during the Vietnam War, Americans utilized an AIM-7 to sink… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot that scored an AIM-7 Sparrow ‘soft kill’ on an Iranian F-4 attacking a US Navy P-3 and saved the Orion crew

F-14 Tomcat pilot Lt William 'Bear' Ferran saw his AIM-7 Sparrow drifting slightly from left to right and then, shortly… Read More

2 years ago

The strange case of the first kills scored by RSAF (or USAF?) F-15 pilots

Following the interception of radio traffic between the F-15s and the AWACS, Iran later claimed — logically — that the… Read More

3 years ago

THE UNKNOWN STORY OF THE FIRST OFFICIAL AMERICAN AERIAL VICTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR

Even if Chinese claimed the destruction of the F-4 immediately after the engagement it was not considered politically prudent to… Read More

3 years ago

Loose deuce Vs fluid four: during the Vietnam War the fighting tactics used by US Naval Aviators were better than those of the USAF pilots – here’s why

The loose deuce formation, which presented a variation of the famous ‘Thatch Weave' developed during World War 2, was vastly… Read More

4 years ago

The story of Abbas Dowran, the Iranian F-4E pilot who was shot down while trying to conduct a low level attack on Baghdad during the summit of non-aligned nations

The Iraqi air defences lost the track of Dowran’s jet until it entered the zone covered by their low-altitude radars,… Read More

4 years ago