F-14A Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat pilot and TOPGUN instructor tells the story of when he nailed a MiG-29 in a 1v1 dogfight

F-14 Tomcat pilot and TOPGUN instructor tells the story of when he nailed a MiG-29 in a 1v1 dogfight

Captain Sam “Slammer” Richardson forced the MiG-29 pilot to call “Knock it off.” Afterwards, he said the Fulcrum pilot could… Read More

2 years ago

That time Air Traffic Controllers asked to an F-14 pilot to buzz the tower so that they could see for themselves a Navy Tomcat

‘The ATC guys apparently really liked it and thanked me profusely as I continued on to my destination,’ John Chesire,… Read More

2 years ago

US Navy F-14 Pilots explain why a non-RIO must be trained ‘in doing several things’ to fly in the Tomcat back seat

Although only the F-14 pilot has flight controls in the front seat, there are a lot of things that are… Read More

2 years ago

[Video] When a US Navy F-14 Tomcat Shot Down a USAF RF-4C Phantom II

The F-14 that shot down an RF-4C The shocking video in this post features the Head-Up-Display (HUD) footage of a… Read More

2 years ago

The F-14 Tomcat posed such a serious threat to the Soviets that they once tried to fish one that fell off the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy

The Soviets tried to go fishing for an F-14 that fell off the USS John F. Kennedy in 1976 - after the… Read More

2 years ago

VF-41 Black Aces F-14 Tomcat crew members who took part in Gulf of Sidra Incident recall the shooting down of Gaddafi Sukhoi Su-22M Fitter fighter bombers

‘The F-14 had incredible superiority in the turn rate and radius over the Su-22, especially because we flew the F-14A… Read More

3 years ago

F-14A Tomcat Pilot tells the story of the real life Goose and explains how Nick Bradshaw could have survived the flat spin featured in Top Gun Movie

‘The real RIO was Lt. David J. “Goose” Lortscher. His callsign Goose later became part of the movie,’ John Chesire,… Read More

3 years ago

The fatal crash of Grumman test pilot Bill Miller and the search for F-14 Tomcat #10

The F-14 struck the water at about 350 knots and exploded. It was thought that Miller may have been distracted… Read More

3 years ago

Q&A with a former F-14 Tomcat RIO: Dave “Bio” Baranek answers your questions

"I have to wonder what a fully-funded, fully-developed Tomcat would be like (…looks dreamily into space). I’m certain it would’ve… Read More

3 years ago

The Story Behind this F-14 Tomcat Squadron’s Christmas-Theme Markings

For most people the Christmas holidays bring happy celebrations with family and friends. For military personnel, however, separation from loved… Read More

3 years ago

[Video] F-14A Lands on Carrier Without Nose Gear: Tomcat pilot could not notice the no nose gear, the LSOs did not see the gear up

In the F-14 cockpit, a combination of failures resulted in a display of nose gear down. The LSOs did not… Read More

3 years ago

How low did he go? F-14 Pilots who helped filming “The Final Countdown” on how low the Tomcat pulled out during the Zero dogfight scene

The motion picture featured a unique dogfight which saw two A6M Zeros flying against two F-14 Tomcats. The interesting video… Read More

3 years ago

The story of Abbas Dowran, the Iranian F-4E pilot who was shot down while trying to conduct a low level attack on Baghdad during the summit of non-aligned nations

The Iraqi air defences lost the track of Dowran’s jet until it entered the zone covered by their low-altitude radars,… Read More

4 years ago

Former Japanese F-15J Pilot remembers that time US Navy F-14As scored simulated kills against JASDF Eagles with AIM-54 Phoenix missiles from 130 miles instead of dogfighting

Hirosaki Takagi, a former F-15J pilot, explains that the episode took place after a previous DACT session during which JASDF… Read More

4 years ago

Tomcat finale: the last ever carrier ops of the original F-14A model and why the Fighting Checkmates are the US Navy’s last and only fighter squadron

VF-211 would make its final Tomcat trap and catapult launch on May 20, 2004 as USS Enterprise conducted local operations… Read More

4 years ago

Interview with the greatest living fighter ace: F-14 pilot Col. (rtd) Fereydoun A. Mazandarani (he scored 16 kills in the Tomcat)

“As for my personal experience with it, I must say that I fired eight rounds of Phoenix missiles in total,… Read More

4 years ago