F-14

From the F-14 retirement to dogfighting against the F/A-18: former Tomcat RIO answers your questions

From the F-14 retirement to dogfighting against the F/A-18: former Tomcat RIO answers your questions

‘The Hornet and Super Hornet would be challenging opponents in an engagement. As a baseline initial move, the F-14 Tomcat… Read More

2 years ago

Tomcat Vs BUFF: B-52 pilot recalls the dogfights he and his crew had against US Navy F-14 fighter jets

‘The F-14 Tomcat could sweep its wings forward to nearly seventy degrees from its swept-wing, high-speed configuration and match my… Read More

2 years ago

Getting Grumman and the Tomcat through Difficult Times: the story of Bob Belter, the man who bought the first 70 F-14 Fighter Jets for the US Navy

Bob Belter. You’d think more people would know the name of a man who bought 70 F-14 Tomcats! Bob Belter.… Read More

2 years ago

F-14 pilot tells the story of when he landed his crippled Tomcat with the wings swept back

‘Since the wings weren’t budging, we were getting ready to have one wild landing.’ Mark Vizcarra, F-14 Tomcat pilot. Advancements… Read More

2 years ago

The Original Tomcat: Did you know the Grumman F7F Tigercat was originally to be named “Tomcat?”

On Memorial Day 1996, the F7F Tigercat flew its only airshow routine with its more modern descendant, the F-14 Tomcat,… Read More

2 years ago

Taming the Tomcat: test pilot in the F-14 Program tells the story of the “Great DLC Fight with Grumman” and explains why the Tomcat handled better at 15 than it did at 17 units AOA

Since Commander Emory Brown's background as a test pilot in the Tomcat Program is widely known, we believed his perspective… Read More

2 years ago

From Missileer to Tomcat: The saga of the development of the F-14 out of the ashes of the Joint Service F-111B program

The saga of the development of the F-14 Tomcat out of the ashes of the Joint Service F-111B program is… Read More

2 years ago

F-14 Tomcat RIO explains how he and his pilot were able to face alone 5 gutsy F-4 Phantoms and come out on top

“As we flashed past their formation at 1,000 knots closing speed, Jaws immediately cranked our jet into a crushing 6.5-g… Read More

2 years ago

IRIAF F-14 Tomcat crashes near the central city of Isfahan. Both crew members eject safely.

The IRIAF Tomcat involved in the accident is believed to be F-14A serial 3-6054. An Islamic Republic of Iran Air… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the US Navy F-14 Tomcat aircrew that inspired the Legendary Top Gun Movie

Learning to fly and fight the Tomcat in combat was the main goal for both the F-14 aircrews and the… Read More

2 years ago

The story of why the Israeli Air Force Picked the F-15 Eagle over the F-14 Tomcat

The requirement was for around 50 4th-generation fighters to see the Israeli Air Force (IAF) through to the 1990s —… Read More

2 years ago

Vintage Video features VF-124 Gunfighters F-14 Tomcat landing without its port wheel at NAS Miramar

Taken on Nov. 28, 1973 the video in this post features a Grumman F-14 Tomcat belonging to the “Gunfighters” of… Read More

2 years ago

US Naval Aviators explain why “a mixed division of F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18 Hornets was devastating in aerial engagements”

With its excellent fighter and self-defense capabilities, the F/A-18 at the same time increased strike mission survivability and supplemented the… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the F-14 Tomcat was meant to be ‘Bombcat’ from the beginning of its development?

The AWG-15 fire-control system of the F-14A Tomcat was always equipped with the CCIP-mode, and the jet was always capable… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why if Israel Picked the F-14 over the F-15, the Tomcat would (probably) still be in service with the US Navy

What if Israel Picked the F-14 Tomcat over the F-15 Eagle? Bought in the mid-1970s to secure air superiority for… Read More

2 years ago

Even though the AIM-120 was successfully tested on the F-14, the AMRAAM integration into fleet Tomcats was scrapped. Here’s why.

AIM-120 AMRAAM tested but not integrated on F-14 Tomcat. Taken in September 1981, the interesting photos in this post feature… Read More

3 years ago