F-14 Tomcat

‘Watch the Canopy!’ Former F-14 Pilot explains why Goose impacts his Tomcat’s canopy in Top Gun ejection scene

‘Watch the Canopy!’ Former F-14 Pilot explains why Goose impacts his Tomcat’s canopy in Top Gun ejection scene

Goose impacts his F-14 Tomcat’s canopy in Top Gun ejection scene We are all familiar with the scene from the… Read More

6 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 weeks ago

US Navy F-14 pilot recalls when he and his RIO fired six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles against six different targets simultaneously during the six-on-six missile shot test

The AIM-54 Phoenix Designed in 1968 to take the place of the controversial F-111B, then under development for the Navy’s carrier… Read More

4 weeks ago

US Navy F-14 test pilot recalls when his Tomcat was scorched after a Mach 2+ test sortie

The F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat played a leading role in the 1986 movie “Top Gun.” The Navy needed an airplane to protect… Read More

1 month ago

The story of F-14D ‘Felix One’, the last US Navy Tomcat to ever fly and today displayed outside the Cradle of Aviation Museum

F-14D Tomcat ‘Felix One’ at the Cradle of Aviation Museum On Sep. 14, 2023 the curatorial staff and dedicated team… Read More

2 months ago

The US Navy F-14 pilot who developed the DACT technique that made gun kills on lethal 9G capable F-16Ns possible from the much larger Tomcat

The F-16N Viper The F-16N Viper, a version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon operated by the US Air Force, was… Read More

2 months ago

In the 1970s the Israeli Air Force picked the F-15 over the F-14 after having evaluated both the Eagle and the Tomcat. Here’s why.

F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are two of the best (and two of the most beautiful)… Read More

2 months ago

When Grumman ruled the flight deck: clip shows when a typical US Navy Carrier Air Wing was filled with many beautiful, colorful and different aircraft

Carrier strike group No single platform did more to transform 20th-century sea power than the aircraft carrier. The range and… Read More

2 months ago

Meet the F-15N Sea Eagle, the navalized version of the F-15 Eagle that never was because it was rejected in favor of the F-14 Tomcat

US Navy's search for an advanced carrier-based air superiority fighter The US Navy's search for an advanced carrier-based air superiority… Read More

2 months ago

Legendary F-14 pilot Joe “Hoser” Satrapa tells the story of the gun kill on an F-15 that almost sold Tomcats to Japan

Joe “Hoser” Satrapa No dissertation on present-day section tactics, or on naval aviation in general, could be considered complete without… Read More

3 months ago

US Navy F-14 pilot recalls landing a Tomcat with a full load of six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles on the aircraft carrier

The AIM-54 Phoenix Designed in 1968 to take the place of the controversial F-111B, then under development for the US Navy’s… Read More

3 months ago

In 1987 an Iranian F-4 attacked a US Navy P-3: the Orion was saved by a US Navy F-14 that fired an AIM-7 Sparrow at the IRIAF Phantom II damaging it

US Navy F-14 Tomcats against Iranian opponents The F-14 Tomcats of the US Navy achieved their first aerial victories during… Read More

3 months ago

‘The F-14 stopped in mid-air, pitched nose over as I slid out in front of it!’ F-5E pilot recalls when Joe “Hoser” Satrapa Tomcat scored an incredible simulated gun kill against his Tiger

Joe “Hoser” Satrapa No dissertation on present-day section tactics, or on naval aviation in general, could be considered complete without… Read More

3 months ago

Capt Dale Snodgrass Wingman recalls when Snort F-14 Tomcat had a Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm

Dale “Snort” Snodgrass’ After achieving his B.S. in Biology and successfully completing ROTC training, legendary Naval Aviator Dale “Snort” Snodgrass… Read More

4 months ago

SEAL JTAC explains why the Navy F-14 Tomcat crews were the best for Close Air Support (Only matched by those of USMC F/A-18Ds)

The F-14 Tomcat after the Cold War The iconic F-14 Tomcat was almost benched after the abrupt end to the… Read More

4 months ago

“We were not just fleet air defenders:” F-14 RIO tells why Tomcat crews could prevail against anyone in a dogfight

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

4 months ago