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Do you remember the Top Gun movie scene where Maverick and Goose’s F-14 flies inverted above the black two-seat F-5F (AKA MiG-28)? For safety reasons there was no aircraft flying inverted one above the other An old U.S. Navy commercial claimed, “Navy: it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.” Dave “Bio” Baranek was one who personally turned the slogan into...
The F-14 flew 28 times from a ski jump but never achieved maximum take-off capability because of single-engine operating concerns The interesting photo in this post was taken in 1982 at Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md. and shows the left-side view of an F-14A Tomcat fighter aircraft taking off from a ramp, raised nine degrees, during "ski-jump" feasibility...
Lt. Cmdr. Escher was selected to fly the Air Force’s variant because of his knowledge and experience across a wide variety of aircraft In the following interesting article, titled Grim Reaper finds his rage, Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson, 33rd Fighter Wing tells the story of the second U.S. Naval Aviator selected to dual qualify in the U.S. Navy’s F-35C and...
  The decision to incorporate the Super Hornet and decommission the F-14 was mainly due to high amount of maintenance required to keep the Tomcats operational On Feb. 8, 2006 a chapter in naval aviation history was closed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) with the last recovery of an F-14 Tomcat from a combat mission. Piloted by then-Capt. William G. Sizemore...
Actually after one year spent at Naval Air Station Pensacola, future RIOs progressed to the Replacement Air Group (RAG), a squadron aimed to train naval aviators in specific types of aircraft. The Grumman F-14A Tomcat was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War. However despite the...
The F-14s had a spin issue that posed problems for its ability to engage successfully in a dogfight The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the first of a series of post-Vietnam fighters, followed by the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and F-18 Hornet. Dubbed "teen fighters" these aircraft were designed for maneuverability in air-to-air combat. The F-14s had a spin issue that posed problems for...
During its F-14 days, VF-101 aircrews were tasked to fly the Tomcat during the air shows, demonstrating the F-14 flight characteristics After having been reestablished in May 2012, the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 was officially reconstituted on Oct. 1, 2013 when the rollout ceremony for the delivery to the U.S. Navy of its first F-35C Lightning II was held...
As the left engine failed and I saw the RPM tape drop to zero, I applied full right rudder The F-14 Tomcat was a powerful, complex, and demanding aircraft to fly, and those terms applied during all phases of flight. When launching from an aircraft carrier, for example, it was very difficult to perfectly align the aircraft with the catapult...
Tom Cruise vomited inside an F-14 Tomcat flown by Captain Lloyd "Bozo" Abel, the same U.S. Naval Aviator who buzzed the tower in one of the most famous scenes of Top Gun In the year of the 30th anniversary of the classic motion picture "Top Gun," Tom Cruise, who played "Maverick" character in the movie, has revealed some secrets about the film...

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