Tag: F-14 Tomcat

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...
Hangar 6 was once used by Grumman to build F-14 Tomcat fighters and other jets for the U.S. Navy As reported by Fox 5, Hangar 6 at Long Island, New York is once again buzzing with activity as aircraft firm Luminati is now producing parts and components for its solar-powered sailplanes there. The facility was once used by Grumman to build F-14...
The Fakour-90 is an Iranian air-to-air missile based on the Hughes AIM-54 Phoenix The following interesting video is the first known footage that shows an Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcat firing a Fakour-90 air-to-air missile. The missile is a copy of the Hughes AIM-54 Phoenix missile that was sold together with the F-14 to Iran in the...
The "last cruise" of the iconic Tomcat saw the F-14Ds belonging to VF-31, the Tomcatters, and VF-213, the Black Lions, embarking aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) aircraft carrier for a Med/Gulf Deployment in support of OIF Taken during the F-14 Tomcat's last cruise, the cool, funny video in this article gives you tha chance to join VF-31 Tomcatters aircrews aboard their...
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...

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