F-14A Tomcat

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

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

Where have all the Tomcats gone? This F-14-Map featuring all the remaining Tomcats, their crash sites and their historic sites will give you the answer

The story behind the F-14-map “Where have all the Tomcats gone” Have you ever wondered what happened to the 712… Read More

4 years ago

The Story behind this Photo of An F-14 Tomcat Shooting Itself Down while Firing an AIM-7 Sparrow Air-to-Air Missile

One of the most complex parts of the F-14 Tomcat testing were firings of AIM-7 Sparrows from stations on the… Read More

4 years ago

F-4 Phantom Vs F-14 Tomcat: Naval Aviator who Flew Both tells which one was the Better Fighter and which one was his Favorite to Fly

The F-14 Tomcat entered active service in 1974 and started to replace the F-4 Phantom in the same year. In… Read More

4 years ago

[Updated] This US Navy F-14A Tomcat was damaged over Beirut in 1983 (but not by Syrian AAA or SAMs)

The interesting photo in this post features a damaged F-14A Tomcat from VF-11 (modex AE103) embarked aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67),… Read More

4 years ago

Video Shows First Flight (and First Crash) of the Iconic F-14 Tomcat

On Dec. 21, 1970 sunset was less than half an hour away, so Smythe cut the afterburner just after take-off,… Read More

4 years ago

Did You Know that Maverick’s Top Gun F-14 Tomcat Currently Features VF-84 Jolly Rogers Paint Scheme And Is On Display Aboard USS Lexington?

The interesting video in this post features F-14 Tomcat (S/N 160694), one of a valiant few that was used in… Read More

4 years ago

Former IRIAF F-14 Pilot Tells the Story of the Last, Exciting Iran-Iraq War Tomcat Hot Scramble

‘As we came down the ladder, we were given the news that the war had ended minutes ago. I muttered… Read More

4 years ago

Tomcats Surprise! F-14 Fighters Led US Navy Effort to Intercept the Egyptian Boeing 737 Carrying Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers

The Boeing 737 touched down on the runway of NAS Sigonella at 0015 on Oct. 11, as three F-14s circled… Read More

5 years ago

Engaging MiG-23 Fighters and Buzzing Helicopters: Unknown Tomcat Stories Told by a Retired Vice Admiral who flew the Mighty F-14 Over the Gulf of Sidra

"I am pretty sure that was a frightful sight for those in the Mi-2 helicopter to see two Tomcats with… Read More

5 years ago

Watch the F-14 Demo which Beat that of the F-15 and Sold the Mighty Tomcat to Shah of Iran

“The F-14 crew caught a detail in the weather briefing and flew that 95 knots pass into a shear-wind (opposed… Read More

5 years ago

Playing With The Boys: Mattel to make line of Top Gun Toys ahead of Sequel Premiere

The deal gives Mattel the rights to toys across multiple categories, including die-cast vehicles and aircraft, playsets, games and other… Read More

5 years ago

The Day Gaddafi’s Su-22s claimed to have Shot Down a US Navy F-14. And a Libyan Fitter Pilot became a “Tomcat Killer.”

Captain Belkacem Emsik al-Zintani fired a missile and 'destroyed' the F-14, supposedly killing its pilot, Commander Henry Kleeman. In 2016,… Read More

5 years ago

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,… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago