Tag: F-14A Tomcat

That Time Gaddafi Scrambled 70 Fighters to Intercept US Navy Aircraft that Crossed the Line of Death
No less than 35 pairs of Libyan interceptors, including a total of 70 MiG-23MS's, MiG-25Ps, Mirage F.1s, and even Su-22s, Su-22Ms and MiG-25RBs, approached US Navy aircraft on Aug. 18, 1981. Relations between Libya under Gaddafi's rule and the USA gradually worsened after Tripoli's announcement that the Gulf of Syrte (known as the...
This Iraqi Mirage F.1EQ-5 made an Emergency Landing in Saudi Arabia after being Hit by an AIM-7E Fired by an IRIAF F-14A Tomcat
The Iraqi said that their Mirage F.1EQ-5 was hit by a 'Strela' MANPAD, fired by the IRGC: actually, there was no MANPAD: it was an AIM-7E fired by an F-14A, scrambled from Bushehr. The photo in this post shows a Mirage F.1EQ-5 of the Iraqi Air Force (IrAF), serial number 4569. It was...
The Story of the Giraffe Missions and how IrAF Mirage F.1 fighter bombers were able to shoot down four IRIAF F-14 Tomcats
When the two Mirage F.1 interceptors were within 20 kilometres from their targets, the ground control issued the pre-determined code-word - 'Giraffe!’ - advising the pilots to climb and power up their radars. The two Iraqis established a lock on and then fired at least two Super 530F, from about 10 kilometres range. Taken by surprise,...
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...
Famous photo sequence shows F-14A Tomcat Engaging Barricade during Emergency Landing aboard USS Kitty Hawk
The recovery was successful; no injuries were sustained during the F-14A Tomcat emergency landing. Taken on Jun. 30, 1984 the photo sequence in this post shows: LEFT - A Grumman F-14A Tomcat fighter jet from VF-1 Wolfpack entering a barricade during an emergency landing aboard the conventionally-powered U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty...
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...