Tag: F-14A Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt for Top Gun Sequel filming shifts on the deck
“Bad storm yesterday came through SD. Seemed to have shifted on the deck.” As we have reported, on Feb. 14, 2019 F-14A Tomcat BuNo 159631 was lifted aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier in San Diego for Top Gun: Maverick production. Tom Cruise and the movie crew...
El Coyote: The Story of VF-1 Wolfpack’s Desert Storm Kill
Stenciled on the tails of VF-1's Wichita 103 were the words “El Coyote”. This Tomcat scored the first recorded air-to-air kill against an Iraqi helicopter in Desert Storm. After a four-day port call at Subic Bay in the Philippines, the USS Ranger set sail on Jan. 3, 1991 for the Persian Gulf,...
Former IIAF Tomcat pilots tell the True Story of why Iran picked the F-14 over the F-15
‘The AWG-9 enabled us to engage at ranges that F-15 pilots could only dream of. We could even use AIM-7s and AIM-9s at longer ranges than the Eagle,’ Maj Ali former IIAF F-14 Tomcat pilot Iran's inability to prevent overflights by Soviet MiG-25Rs is said by many Western observers to have been...
Top Gun: Maverick to feature the iconic F-14 Tomcat
According to some Facebook rumors, the F-14 Tomcat in Top Gun: Maverick will play the role of enemy aircraft The interesting photos in this post show Tom Cruise and Miles Teller on location for ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ in Lake Tahoe. As reported by Hollywood Pipeline (click here to check out more photos), Cruise,...
Maverick Down? Tom Cruise dives through the snow in Lake Tahoe for intense Top Gun 2 scenes
The actor appeared to be filming a dramatic scene (possibly after having ejected from his aircraft), as he also donned his famed red and white helmet as he fell through the snow Tom Cruise has been busy filming the Top Gun sequel since September, 32 years after the original action movie was released.
Cool HD Video shows VF-211 F-14A Tomcats taking fuel from RAF Tristar Tanker
“In this particular mission, not only were we refueling at night, but we were doing so on top of a thunderstorm,” Keith “Virus” Schomig, former F-14A Tomcat RIO with VF-211 Checkmates Taken by former Tomcat RIO Keith “Virus” Schomig from the cockpit of his F-14 in February 2002, the cool video in this...
"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...
Tomcats 2-Fitters 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Qaddafi's Su-22s over the Gulf of Sidra on Aug. 19, 1981
Kleemann waited about 5 seconds for the Libyan to clear the sun, then pulled the trigger The following article titled Sudden Victory, The Gulf of Sidra Incident of August 1981 and written by LCdr. Joseph T. Stanik, USN (Ret.) appeared in July-August 1996 issue of Naval Aviation News. When Libyan aircraft unsuccessfully attempted to shoot down a U.S. plane conducting reconnaissance...
Soviet Floggers Vs U.S. Navy Tomcats: When Superpowers Fought it out in the South China Sea
Hooter was able to maneuver his Tomcat above and behind the MiG and expertly kept his advantage. After a series of maneuvers, the MiG reversed aggressively and the two jets ended up going into a rolling scissors... Although the Cold War never erupted into all-out war, the U.S. and the Soviet Union did have many military interactions with one another...
Remembering the last glory days of VF-84 Jolly Rogers
"I knew about VF-84 Jolly Rogers from the movies and building models as a kid. It's a great public relations and recruiting tool. Somebody should always 'fly the bones'!," Lt. Paul Ratkovich, former VF-84 Jolly Rogers F-14 pilot The following article titled The Last of the Jolly Rogers and written by LCdr. Bob Frantz appeared in September-October 1995 issue of...