Tag: F-14 Tomcat

Tomcat Vs Foxbat: the story of how IRIAF F-14 crews learned to shoot down the MiG-25 Mach 3 fighter jet
The F-14 Tomcat fired one AIM-54A from a range of over 100km (60 miles). The missile quickly cut the distance to the MiG-25 Foxbat and slammed into it, creating a huge ball of fire When the then Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF, renamed Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, IRIAF, after the Islamic Revolution) purchased the F-14 Tomcat the service...
"Sweet Little Miss," the last F-14 Tomcat to ever land on an aircraft carrier, needs your help to be saved
F-14D BuNo 164346 "Sweet Little Miss" piloted by Lieutenant Chris Rattigan and Lieutenant Paul Dort assigned to the "Tomcatters" of VF-31, completed the last scheduled arrested landing of a Tomcat on Jul. 28, 2006 Taken on Jul. 28, 2006 in the Atlantic Ocean aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), the main image of this post shows an F-14D Tomcat, aircraft...
This is the most famous ramp trike in (movie) history
George Duncan ramp strike has been used in several films including Men of the Fighting Lady, Midway, and The Hunt for Red October The impressive video in this post shows the famous non-fatal Grumman F9F-2 Panther ramp strike accident occurred as Cdr. George Duncan attempted to land on USS Midway (CV-41) in F9F-2 BuNo 125228, during carrier suitability tests in the...
The story of the F-14 pilot that was able to land his Tomcat without canopy after his RIO erroneously bailed out
As Vickers started to push on the stick, he heard a loud pop, followed by a roar. He knew exactly what had happened and he transmitted, "Lion 52. Emergency, my RIO just ejected" Here's something you don't see everyday: the incredible photos in this post in fact show an F-14 Tomcat (actually the F-14D BuNo. 164341) flying without canopy. The U.S....
The story of Christine, the longest serving F-14 Tomcat in the U.S. Navy
While F-14 BuNo. 159600 was participating in the Tomcat’s final cruise a bulkhead would blow out during routine maintenance and the aircraft would spend most of the next few months in the hangar earning the nickname “Christine” after the Stephen King thriller The F-14 BuNo. 159600, better known among Tomcat lovers as Christine, is getting some bling at Forth Worth Aviation Museum. "We are doing...
The last "aggressor" days of VF-74 Be-Devilers F-14 Tomcats
VF-74 Be-Devilers F-14B Tomcats proved to be an extremely effective aggressor, providing capabilities akin to those of the Su-27 and MiG-31 The interesting photos in this post show Devil 100 and Devil 101, two F-14B Tomcats from VF-74 Be-Devilers, painted in a cool aggressor camouflage scheme with colours simulating Russian Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker and MiG-31 Foxhound fighters. Noteworthy this paint scheme...
F-14 Tomcat Vs F-15 Eagle: the pilots' perspective
Even if until today a real F-14 Tomcat Vs F-15 Eagle engagement with live weapons fired has never taken place, since the prototypes made their first flights comparisons have been made between these two iconic aircraft The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are two of the best (and two of the most beautiful) fighters ever built. Even if until today...
The famed Jolly Rogers have always displayed some of the most recognizable squadron markings in the world in the form of sinister white skull-and-crossbones on all-black tails The famed Jolly Rogers have always displayed some of the most recognizable squadron markings in the world: sinister white skull-and-crossbones on all-black tails, with gold bands wrapped around the tip of the tail...
The F-111B monument could take the place of the F-14 Tomcat currently on display The Grumman Memorial Park will be getting a monument to mark the crash of a F-111B in 1967 that killed two Grumman test pilots. According to Riverhead News-Review in fact, Riverhead Town Board members gave an informal OK to go ahead with the project which will be...
The F/A-18A+ lags behind the rest of the fleet's Super Hornets in terms of technology and can't fully integrate into today's carrier air wing The FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill by the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has included language directing the U.S. Navy to come with a plan to replace the F/A-18A+ in service with Reserve...