Tag: F-14 Tomcat

The iconic F-14 Tomcat Returns aboard a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier for Top Gun: Maverick
The F-14 in these photos is aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) Taken at San Diego on Feb. 14, 2019 the interesting photos in this post appeared on @Jeremiejca17 Twitter Account and they show an F-14 Tomcat aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier during Top Gun: Maverick production.
Tomcat Down in Iraq, Part II: Prisoner Of War
"I thought about my family a lot. I felt that if I was reduced to counting the bricks in the cell, I would have lost control," Lieutenant Larry Slade, former VF-103 F-14A(Plus) Tomcat RIO While Lieutenant Jones struggled to survive in the desert, his RIO, Lieutenant Larry Slade, had already been picked up....
Tomcat Down in Iraq, Part I: the CSAR Mission that rescued F-14 Driver Lieutenant Devon Jones
"I had a moment of panic there. But, hey! the A-10s have those huge cannons. They opened up with their 30-mike-mike. By the time they each finished two runs there was nothing out there, just flames and dust, about 100 yd from me,” Lieutenant Devon Jones, former  VF-103 F-14A(Plus) Tomcat driver Lieutenant...
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....
Tomcat 4-Libya 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Qaddafi’s MiG-23s over the Gulf of Sidra on Jan. 4, 1989
After returning to the carrier, both the F-14s received single FLOGGER 'kill' markings above the nose MODEX, although these were removed by the time the jets returned to Oceana on Jan. 31 Jan. 4, 1989 was a historic day for VF-32, and the Tomcat community as a whole, when the F-14 once...
The story behind this VF-103 F-14’s TARPS IR photo showing Egypt Air Boeing 737 carrying the Achille Lauro hijackers after landing at Sigonella
‘As the Boeing 737 landed, two lights out USAF C-141s landed behind him and turned their lights on as they rolled out ,’ Larry Neal, former VF-103 F-14 Tomcat Crew Member Taken in 1985 by a TARPS (Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System) equipped VF-103 Sluggers F-14 Tomcat the main image of this...
When U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats intercepted and forced landing an Egyptian Boeing 737 carrying the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijackers
The Tomcat crews watched as the excited Egyptian crew (and perhaps the terrorists) ran to either side of the airliner to peer out the passenger windows at the U.S. fighters close aboard on either wingtip In the following article, which appears in Robert L. Lawson’s book Carrier Air Group Commanders, Capt Robert...
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)...
Go For Your Gun! The first F-14 Tomcat Strafe Run during Operation Iraqi Freedom
'Our primary concern during our gunnery passes was the fact that we were now well within the range of MANPADS. Nevertheless, we positioned ourselves for the strafing runs just under the overcast...' Craig Geron, Former F-14 Tomcat RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to the action. Tomcat pilots and radar intercept officers (RIOs)...
When U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats attacked Saddam Hussein's presidential yacht
"We dropped both of our bombs in the same attack, one hitting the hull just above the waterline and the other disappearing amongst the yacht's superstructure. When we left the target the ship was on fire," Pat Baker, former F-14 Tomcat RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to the action. Tomcat pilots...

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