Tag: F-14A Tomcat

Libyan MiG-23 pilot remembers a memorable dogfight with U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats
“I pushed my throttle to full dry power while my aircraft went through the vertical and pointed at the Tomcats while still inverted. Both Tomcat crews were fantastic: they followed the manoeuvre and we met at the top,” Abdelmajid Tayari, former Libyan MiG-23 pilot. Following a series of terrorist attacks on US and...
F-14 Vs MiG-25: when U.S. Navy Tomcats outmanoeuvred Gaddafi’s Foxbats over the Gulf of Syrte
When the U.S. Navy's SAG violated what Libyans considered their territorial waters, two MiG-25 Foxbats forward-deployed at Benina AB were scrambled with the order to shoot down all airborne intruders. U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats Vs Libyan MiG-25 Foxbats. Tensions between the US and Libya heightened after the hijacking of TWA Flight...
Here’s why this F-14A Tomcat split into two pieces
“On the night of July 11th as we made our way across the pond, it was a horrible night for pilots ‘behind the boat’ as the deck was pitching 10 feet in both directions...,” Rich Herbst, former F-14A pilot with VF-51 Screaming Eagles. The photo in this post shows the remains of VF-51...
More details (and picture) of the recent IRIAF F-14A Tomcat crash
The IRIAF F-14A Tomcat airframe is completely destroyed. The picture in this post features the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcat that crashed yesterday . According to Scramble Facebook News Magazine, it is now (still unconfirmed) reported that the aircraft involved is F-14A 3-6003. According to the picture...
IRIAF F-14A Tomcat crashed, both crew members ejected safely
The F-14A reported an emergency to air traffic control during its training flight. As reported by Scramble Facebook News Magazine, one of the few remaining Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcats was involved in a crash at home base Esfahãn-Shahid Beheshti International Airport (Iran). The IRIAF F-14A...
Former F-14 Tomcat RIO tells the story of a tense mission flown during Operation Iraqi Freedom
“Our wingman F-14’ engine then stalled again, and in the ensuing melee I watched him cross-planform directly in front of the tanker — I instinctively ducked, waiting for the ensuing fireball that would kill us all,” VF-154 Black Knights RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to...
Black Knights down: the story of the first Coalition aircraft to crash in Iraq since the start of OIF
‘"Gordo" yelled "Eject, Eject, Eject!" while I was doing my best to keep the jet stable to ensure that we were in a good envelope so when we punched out the 'chutes would work as advertised,' Chad Vincelette, former F-14A Tomcat pilot with VF-154 Black Knights. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success...
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...

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