Tag: F-14 Tomcat

Check out this video of when a typical U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wing was filled with many beautiful, colorful and different aircraft
There was a time when the Carrier Air Wings crowded the decks with airplanes of different shapes, sizes and capabilities Today a typical U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wing (CVW) is associated with the McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing, F/A-18 variants. In fact the typical mix of a current CVW is one F/A-18F (two-seat) Super Hornet squadron, and three single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornet...
Former Tomcat RIO explains how a well trained F-14 crew could face alone 5 gutsy F-4 Phantoms
"As the Phantom neared the end of twenty-five years as a front-line fighter with the U.S. Navy, its aircrews wanted to show they still had it. Meanwhile, we Tomcat crews wanted to demonstrate the superiority of our still-new fighter," Dave "Bio" Baranek, Tomcat RIO with twenty years experience F-14 Tomcat Vs F-4 Phantom. In the early 1980s the Soviet-built MiG-23 Flogger caused...
IRIAF has upgraded an F-14 Tomcat
The process to upgrade the F-14 fighter jet began in February 2017. The Tomcat has now joined Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-14's fleet Iran says it has succeeded in upgrading a Grumman F-14 Tomcat and return it to service. According Mehr News Agency the process to upgrade the F-14 fighter jet began in February 2017. The Tomcat undertook flight...
Cool video shows fully armed IRIAF F-14A Tomcat performing night scramble
The footage shows almost every air-to-air weapon carried by IRIAF F-14A fighters The following gorgeous video shows a night scramble of a fully armed Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcat. As you can see the several video clips show almost every air-to-air weapon carried by IRIAF F-14s. Noteworthy along with the M61A1 Vulan 20mm internal cannon, AIM-54 Phoenix radar-guided long-range air-to-air missile,...
The (simulated) kills achieved by F-14 and F-15 fighters against the SR-71 Mach 3 spy plane
F-14 and F-15 fighters were able to achieve simulated SR-71 kills, but only under certain conditions During its 24 years of service, the SR-71 Blackbird gathered intelligence in some of the world’s most hostile environments. The Blackbird evaded all 4,000 missiles fired at it and, to this day, remains the only U.S. Air Force (USAF) aircraft to never lose a...
A quick look at how you could fly and fight in the F-20 Tigershark, the super light-fighter that never was
Compared with the F-5E, the F-20 was much faster, gained beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air capability, and had a full suite of air-to-ground modes capable of firing most U.S. weapons The F-20 Tigershark (initially F-5G) was a privately financed light fighter, designed and built by Northrop. Its development began in 1975. The aircraft which was a further evolution of Northrop’s F-5E Tiger...
One Of A Kind: cool promotional video illlustrates F-14 Tomcat's unparalleled capabilities
The F-14 Tomcat was fitted with a powerful weapons system known as the AWG-9 which was able to support the AIM-54 Phoenix that provided an unprecedented one-hundred mile range Called One Of A Kind and made by Grumman to promote the F-14 fighter program, the cool video in this post shows how the mighty Tomcat could operate alone in tactical conditions,...
Exclusive: former Topgun instructor presents the original article that inspired legendary Top Gun movie
“Moving up to the F-14 Tomcat meant crossing the magic line that separates the men from the boys, like first-time sex, glorious and terrifying” Producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer stated explicitly that the inspiration for the famed Paramount motion picture “Top Gun” was the article "Top Guns" by Ehud Yonay, from the May 1983 issue of California magazine, which...
To realistically carry out their duty U.S. Navy adversary pilots need the best aircraft to simulate the bandits during DACT sorties Replicating the real world threat that American fighter pilots can encounter in an air-to-air engagement is the primary task of U.S. Navy adversary pilots, hence to realistically carry out their duty, they need the best aircraft to simulate the...
Book provides never told stories of VF-14 Tophatters Squadron and the F-14 Tomcat
"The F-14 Tomcat was a pure air-to-air fighter and our mission, in the words of Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron), was '...to patrol our area of the sky and shoot down any enemy aircraft that are in that area. Anything else is rubbish,'" Bill "Pinch" Paisley, former F-14 RIO "The platform was the F-14 Tomcat, the ship was the...