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That time an IrAF MiG-23ML mistakenly shot down an IRIAF F-14A that was defecting to Iraq
Shortly after taking a smooth right turn, the two MiG-23MLs from No. 63 Squadron rolled out barely 8nm behind the F-14A, meanwhile underway well inside the Iraqi airspace… Although most of Iraqi sources maintain that the Iranian F-14A never proved particularly effective, and never had much success during the Iran-Iraq War, cross-examination of...
"Mayday, mayday, Mav's in trouble, he's in a flat spin!"- A comparison between the ejection scene from Top Gun and a real bail out from an F-14 Tomcat
Accurate or not, Top Gun does portray one thing to a tee, namely the supreme confidence and nerve of the young naval aviator and naval flight officer. Fly Navy! Author David G Powers examines the ejection scene from the legendary movie Top Gun and asks how well this stands up to examination in real life in Issue 13 “Grumman F-14 Tomcat” of...
Grumman F-14 Tomcat in HD: spectacular video features excerpts from the movie "Speed & Angels"
Produced by former F-14 driver Francesco "Paco" Chierici, Speed & Angels follows Jay and Meagan as they chase their childhood dream of becoming naval aviators flying the mighty Tomcat Featuring several scenes from Speed & Angels movie, the spectacular video in this post shows the last U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats in action. The motion picture was filmed in 2003-2006 period, while...
The strange case of the first kills scored by RSAF (or USAF?) F-15 pilots
Following the interception of radio traffic between the F-15s and the AWACS, Iran later claimed — logically — that the pilots aboard the two Eagles were not Saudis, but Americans The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) purchased 46 F-15Cs (minus some of the aircraft Tactical Electronic Warfare System elements and various sensitive radar modes) and 16 F-15Ds in 1983 under the...
Book tells the story of when two F-14 Tomcat were diverted to the USS Midway
LT Berg's biggest surprise on breaking out of the ever-lowering cloud ceiling was the sight of Midway, being so very different in size and layout from that of the comparatively newer generation of carriers he had landed on before... Let's celebrate Top Gun Day and the legendary F-14 Tomcat with this cool story told by Mike Crutch in his new...
Last Time Baby! Cool video features VF-103 Jolly Rogers last deployment flying the F-14 Tomcat
VF-103 Jolly Rogers made it’s last deployment flying the F-14B Tomcat in 2004 aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the squadron transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet in February of 2005 Called “VF-103 Jolly Rogers Combat Cruise 2004,” the following cool video features the squadron last deployment flying the iconic F-14 Tomcat. As we...
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,...
Lokcheed Martin to upgrade U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F’s IRST21 sensor
IRST21 flies mounted in the F/A-18E/F's centerline fuel tank Lockheed Martin has secured two contracts from Boeing to upgrade its IRST21 sensor system for use on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F fleet. The company says $100 million will be spent “developing advanced software, performing hardware upgrades and delivering prototypes.” According to a Lockheed Martin news release, these efforts will further enhance IRST21's proven...
This flight helmet was worn by then Commander Dan "Darth" Cain during his service in VF-21 in 1990 May 4 was Star Wars Day and even if we're two days late in celebrating this very special event here's something cool for you: the picture of the flight helmet worn by then Commander Dan "Darth" Cain during his service in Fighter...
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...

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