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The Incredible Story of the Iranian F-14 Pilot that Safely RTB after having flown through the Fireball of the Iraqi MiG-21 He Had just Shot Down
"I fired one AIM-9 at very close range, and when my missile hit the MiG, it blew up into a massive fireball almost immediately - I could not avoid the explosion," Maj Hazin, IRIAF F-14 Tomcat Pilot Retired by the U.S. Navy on Sep. 22, 2006 the iconic F-14 Tomcat remains the backbone of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF)...
Spirit of the Phantom: emotional poem describes the ethos of the mighty F-4
"I am the spirit of the Phantom. My spirit will live long in the minds and hearts of those in whom I have captured something. They are the ones who will know that I am not just a collection of wings and wheels; intakes and flaps," spirit of the F-4 Phantom Spirit of the Phantom poem written by Stay Hopton,...
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...
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 counterclaim a MiG-17 and Murphy and Fegan's kill remained unconfirmed for many years The first official American aerial victory of the Vietnam War was scored on Apr. 9, 1965 by Lt. (j.g.) Terrence M. Murphy and his Radar Intercept Officer...
The story of a tense CAP flown by two Royal Navy Sea Harrier fighters during the Falklands War
The Sea Harrier was dubbed by Argentine pilots “La Muerta Negra” (The Black Death) because of its Extra Dark Sea Grey colour scheme which made it very difficult to spot over land or sea The story of a tense combat air patrol sortie flown by two Royal Navy Sea Harrier fighters during Operation Sutton. Royal Navy Sea Harriers proved their worth...
The story of the the last guns-only aerial victory in Naval aviation history
So far, as of today the aerial victory achieved by lt. Cdr. Kirkwood remains the sole confirmed guns-only MiG kill credited to the F-8 Chance Vought's F-8 Crusader was the U.S. Navy's first fully operational supersonic aircraft, joining the fleet in 1957. Capable of speeds of Mach 1.8, the Crusader established an enviable records as a potent "MiG Killer" in...
F-14 Tomcat Vs F-15 Eagle: the pilots' perspective
Even if until today a real F-14 Tomcat Vs F-15 Eagle engagement with live weapons fired has never taken place, since the prototypes made their first flights comparisons have been made between these two iconic aircraft The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are two of the best (and two of the most beautiful) fighters ever built. Even if until today...
The two F/A-18E Super Hornet pilots "did everything they could to try to warn the Fitter away. They did a head-butt maneuver, they launched flares, but ultimately the Su-22 went into a dive and it was observed dropping munitions and was subsequently shot down." Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman The photo in this post shows U.S. Navy F/A-18E BuNo. 168914...
The F-22 Raptor is able to launch its weapons at roll rates up to 100 degrees per second Taken on May 20-21 by Teddy Techer, an aviation expert and a reader of The Aviation Geek Club during Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (AFB), the cool photo in this post gives us the chance to...
The Aviation Geek Club yearly summary for 2017 through our top 5 posts
Rumours persist that a classified strike variant of the YF-23 was developed to fulfil a role similar to that of the F-111 During the late 1970s, a new generation of Soviet fighters and Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) prompted the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to find a replacement for the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter. For this reason in 1986, the USAF awarded...

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