F-14 Tomcat

The true story behind the legend of Tony Scott personally paying to turn USS Enterprise and shoot F-14 Tomcats back-lit by the sun in Top Gun movie

The true story behind the legend of Tony Scott personally paying to turn USS Enterprise and shoot F-14 Tomcats back-lit by the sun in Top Gun movie

Top Gun movie The cool videos in this post feature the memorable Top Gun movie opening scene as well as… Read More

4 months ago

The story of an F-14 Tomcat CAP mission off the Vietnamese coast flown in preparation for Saigon, South Vietnam evacuation

Roger Ball! In the wake of the hard lessons of the Vietnam War, a pantheon of committed naval aviators struggled… Read More

4 months ago

Videos feature First Flight (and First Crash) of the Iconic F-14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat development The Navy's search for an advanced carrier-based air superiority fighter led to evaluation of General Dynamics' F-111B,… Read More

4 months ago

When Shah of Iran said he liked the F-15 because it was an Air Superiority Fighter but he liked the F-14 even more because he Needed an Air Supremacy Fighter

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

The impossible arrested landing: the F-14 pilot who was able to land his Tomcat aboard USS Enterprise through a thunderstorm

Roger Ball! In the wake of the hard lessons of the Vietnam War, a pantheon of committed naval aviators struggled… Read More

5 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

5 months ago

Eagle Vs Tomcat Vs Hornet: the F-15 in Dissimilar Fighting against legendary F-14 crews and why F-15 Pilots liked the Fake Canopies painted on CF-188s

The F-15 Eagle The F-15 is a twin-engine, high-performance, all-weather air superiority fighter. First flown in 1972, the Eagle entered… Read More

5 months ago

F-14 Vs F-15: Tomcat and Eagle crews explain why trying to determine which was the better fighter is a pointless exercise

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

6 months ago

The story of when US Navy F-14s and Italian F-104s Clashed Over Egyptian Boeing 737 Carrying Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers

Italian liner MS Achille Lauro hijacked On Oct. 1, 1985 Israeli Air Force (IAF) F-15 fighter-bombers destroyed the PLO HQ… Read More

7 months ago

US Navy F-14 RIO recalls when his section of two Tomcats had to divert to Pakistan during Operation Enduring Freedom

The F-14 Tomcat Following Grumman's tradition of naming its aircraft after cats, the "Tomcat" made its first flight On Dec.… Read More

7 months ago

Cradle of Aviation Museum unveils newly restored F-14D ‘Felix 101’, the last US Navy Tomcat to ever fly

Cradle of Aviation Museum restores Felix 101 On Sep. 14, 2023 the curatorial staff and dedicated team of restoration volunteers… 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

7 months ago

170 F-14s could provide the same level of Defense as 290 F-15s but USAF bought the Eagle instead of the Tomcat. Here’s why.

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

8 months ago

US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot who fired a Phoenix missile against an Iraqi MiG-23 explains why the AIM-54 missed its target

Using their F-14 Tomcat (much-improved) Link-16 datalink, LCDR Coby 'Coach' Loessberg and his RIO obtained their targeting data from the… Read More

8 months ago

Blooding the Bombcats: the story of the first air-to-ground sorties ever flown by US Navy F-14 Tomcat fighter jets

Operation Deny Flight In reaction to the resulting 1992 air war between self-proclaimed Serbian Krajina in Croatia, the Croat Air… Read More

8 months ago