F-14

Tomcat RIO recalls Challenging Long-range Practice Strike where his F-14 flew with an overlooked protective cap on one AIM-9 Sidewinder

Tomcat RIO recalls Challenging Long-range Practice Strike where his F-14 flew with an overlooked protective cap on one AIM-9 Sidewinder

Tomcat RIO So there we were, Hap and me in our F-14A Tomcat, in filthy mid-November weather at 3 AM,… Read More

2 weeks ago

US Navy F-14 pilot recalls when he and his RIO fired six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles against six different targets simultaneously during the six-on-six missile shot test

The AIM-54 Phoenix Designed in 1968 to take the place of the controversial F-111B, then under development for the Navy’s carrier… Read More

4 weeks ago

US Navy F-14 test pilot recalls when his Tomcat was scorched after a Mach 2+ test sortie

The F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat played a leading role in the 1986 movie “Top Gun.” The Navy needed an airplane to protect… Read More

1 month ago

In the 1970s the Israeli Air Force picked the F-15 over the F-14 after having evaluated both the Eagle and the Tomcat. Here’s why.

F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are two of the best (and two of the most beautiful)… Read More

2 months ago

Meet the F-15N Sea Eagle, the navalized version of the F-15 Eagle that never was because it was rejected in favor of the F-14 Tomcat

US Navy's search for an advanced carrier-based air superiority fighter The US Navy's search for an advanced carrier-based air superiority… Read More

2 months ago

US Navy F-14 pilot recalls landing a Tomcat with a full load of six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles on the aircraft carrier

The AIM-54 Phoenix Designed in 1968 to take the place of the controversial F-111B, then under development for the US Navy’s… Read More

3 months ago

‘The F-14 stopped in mid-air, pitched nose over as I slid out in front of it!’ F-5E pilot recalls when Joe “Hoser” Satrapa Tomcat scored an incredible simulated gun kill against his Tiger

Joe “Hoser” Satrapa No dissertation on present-day section tactics, or on naval aviation in general, could be considered complete without… Read More

3 months ago

Capt Dale Snodgrass Wingman recalls when Snort F-14 Tomcat had a Close Call with an Iraqi SAM during Operation Desert Storm

Dale “Snort” Snodgrass’ After achieving his B.S. in Biology and successfully completing ROTC training, legendary Naval Aviator Dale “Snort” Snodgrass… Read More

4 months ago

SEAL JTAC explains why the Navy F-14 Tomcat crews were the best for Close Air Support (Only matched by those of USMC F/A-18Ds)

The F-14 Tomcat after the Cold War The iconic F-14 Tomcat was almost benched after the abrupt end to the… Read More

4 months ago

The F-14 Tomcat’s AWG-9 had been the most powerful radar in operational service on combat aircraft until the F-22 Raptor with the APG-77 entered service in 2005. Here’s why.

The F-14 Tomcat Advancements during the Cold War in Soviet long-range patrol and bomber aircraft dictated a requirement for a… Read More

4 months ago

The true story behind the legend of Tony Scott personally paying to turn USS Enterprise and shoot F-14 Tomcats back-lit by the sun in Top Gun movie

Top Gun movie The cool videos in this post feature the memorable Top Gun movie opening scene as well as… Read More

5 months ago

Videos feature First Flight (and First Crash) of the Iconic F-14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat development The Navy's search for an advanced carrier-based air superiority fighter led to evaluation of General Dynamics' F-111B,… Read More

5 months ago

When Shah of Iran said he liked the F-15 because it was an Air Superiority Fighter but he liked the F-14 even more because he Needed an Air Supremacy Fighter

The F-14 Tomcat Advancements during the Cold War in Soviet long-range patrol and bomber aircraft dictated a requirement for a… Read More

5 months ago

US military pilots tell why an experienced fighter jock can’t fly a Cessna 172 without training

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk The Cessna 172 Skyhawk piston is the most popular single-engine aircraft ever built and has achieved… Read More

5 months ago

The impossible arrested landing: the F-14 pilot who was able to land his Tomcat aboard USS Enterprise through a thunderstorm

Roger Ball! In the wake of the hard lessons of the Vietnam War, a pantheon of committed naval aviators struggled… Read More

6 months ago

F-14 pilot recalls when he nearly fired an AIM-7 Sparrow against a Boeing 727 on intercept vector to the RC-135 his Tomcat was escorting

The F-14 Tomcat Overall, the US Navy's Grumman F-14 Tomcat was without equal among Cold War fighter jets. Six long-range… Read More

6 months ago