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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...
"Sweet Little Miss", the last Tomcat to land on an aircraft carrier, has found a new home
On Oct. 17, 2018 “Sweet Little Miss” has arrived at its new home at the Museum of Flight in Rome, Georgia On Oct. 17, 2018 Grumman F-14D BuNo 164346 “Sweet Little Miss” has arrived at its new home at the Museum of Flight in Rome, Georgia. This jet is the last Tomcat to land on an aircraft carrier. On Jul. 28,...
Here's the story and video of Dale "Snort" Snodgrass legendary super low Banana Pass
"This photo indeed has a surrealistic quality. I believe it is due to the focal length of the camera used. There is no doubt that this pass was an aggressive low level maneuver," Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, former F-14 Tomcat driver Taken in 1988 from the flight deck of USS America (CV-66) and the photo in this post shows F-14 Tomcat driver...
Showcasing the F-14: when the Grim Reapers staged flight demonstrations of the mighty Tomcat
No single aircraft was more exciting, more sought after on the show circuit than the F-14 Tomcat The following article titled U.S. Navy Tomcat Flight Demonstration Team: Showcasing the F-14 and written by Lt. Bill Lind appeared in May-June 1999 issue of Naval Aviation News. If you're involved in Naval Aviation, or just have a love of flying and aircraft, chances are you've spent...

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