AIM-9 Sidewinder

RAF Jaguar pilot recalls when he was shot down by a RAF Phantom interceptor

RAF Jaguar pilot recalls when he was shot down by a RAF Phantom interceptor

RAF Jaguar pilot shot down A joint Anglo-French programme serving with the French and Indian air forces as well as… Read More

2 months ago

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

[Video] That time a US Navy F-14 Tomcat shot down a USAF RF-4C Phantom II during a war game

F-14 shooting down RF-4C On Sep. 22, 1987, a US Navy F-14 Tomcat shot down a US Air Force (USAF)… Read More

5 months ago

Here’s why this F-22A Raptor fired an AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile while inverted

The F-22 Raptor In the mid-1990s, Lockheed Martin teamed with Boeing to develop and build the F-22 Raptor, an extremely… Read More

5 months ago

B-52 pilot recalls when he and his crew had to eject after their BUFF was shot down by a USAF F-100 Super Sabre

‘I heard F-100 pilot 1st Lt. James W van Scyoc call "Look out! My Missile’s fired". We were on autopilot… Read More

6 months ago

The story of the AIM-9 Sidewinder that Failed to Detonate, Got Embedded in a MiG-17 and was Reverse-Engineered into the Soviet AA-2 Atoll

The MiG-17 made a safe landing, the Sidewinder was extracted and the Communists promptly rushed it to the USSR, where… Read More

7 months ago

From the Wildcat to the Tomcat: remembering the last aviator to fly All the Grumman Cats

The last living member of the all Grumman Cat driver’s club is Glenn Tierney — a true icon in Naval… Read More

8 months ago

During a dogfight over Vietnam an F-8 pilot fired an AIM-9 to a MiG-17 but instead the Sidewinder tracked a Crusader. The missile ended up destroying another AIM-9.

The story of a confused dogfight during the Vietnam War. After having shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 on May… Read More

10 months ago

USAF F-16 shot down an unidentified flying object over Lake Huron, Michigan, by means of an AIM-9 Sidewinder

A USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet shot down an object on Feb. 12, 2023 over Lake Huron waters on… Read More

1 year 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

Former USMC F-4 pilot tells the story of when he and his wingman Nearly Shot Down two Cuban MiG-17s flying over the Keys

“The flight lasted only about 25 minutes, and we landed back at base with only 800 lbs of fuel. Both… Read More

1 year ago

US Approves sale of 100 AIM-9X, 60 AGM-84 missiles to Taiwan. Upgrade of the AN/FPS-115 PAVE PAWS radar cleared too.

On Sep. 2, 2022 the US government has cleared the sale of 60 AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II missiles, 100 AIM-9X… Read More

1 year 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

1 year ago

US Navy F-4 RIO tells the story of when his Phantom II was mistakenly shot down by another US Navy F-4 (flown by a USAF exchange pilot)

“Greyhound” Simons was a decorated Air Force exchange pilot who had lots of combat time over Viet Nam. He remembered… 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

Maintenance Personnel tell the story behind the photo that shows a USAF F-15 badly damaged after being Hit by an AIM-9 fired by another USAF F-15

The unusual photo in this post features a USAF Elmendorf Air Force Base F-15 Eagle badly damaged after being accidentally… Read More

2 years ago