AIM-9 Sidewinder

F-8 pilot tells why while RTBing with his Crusader extremely low on fuel after a mock dogfight, on his last day in the Navy, his Biggest Concern was his CO

F-8 pilot tells why while RTBing with his Crusader extremely low on fuel after a mock dogfight, on his last day in the Navy, his Biggest Concern was his CO

My last 90 days on active duty In my last 90 days on active duty, our skipper, Pete Easterling*, wanted… Read More

4 days ago

Tomcat RIO recalls Challenging Long-range Practice Strike where his F-14 flew with an overlooked protective cap on one AIM-9 Sidewinder

Tomcat RIO So there we were, Hap and me in our F-14A Tomcat, in filthy mid-November weather at 3 AM,… Read More

2 months ago

The story of when USAF F-16 fighter jets shot down Five (not four) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia J-21 Jastrebs during Operation Deny Flight

Soko J-21 Jastrebs and Soko J-22 Oraos take off to attack Armija Bosnia and Herzegovina facilities At 06:00 on Feb.… Read More

2 months ago

USMC A-4 pilot recalls when a USAF F-15 pilot refused to fly a “not all aspect Sidewinder” mock air engagement against his Skyhawk

The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk Douglas built 2,960 A-4 Skyhawk aircraft between 1954 and 1979. Built small to be cost effective and so… Read More

4 months ago

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

6 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

7 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

9 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

1 year 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

2 years 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

2 years 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

2 years ago