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Tag: Grumman F-14 Tomcat

This F-14D close-up shows the last upgrade received by Tomcat before being retired
ROVER capability was added to the F-14D Tomcat On Dec. 10, 2005. It was first used by VF-31 and VF-213 on their last cruise with the Tomcat in 2005 and 2006.  The photo in this post shows an F-14D Tomcat of VF-213 deployed with the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) flying with the Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER) system...
One Of A Kind: cool promotional video illlustrates F-14 Tomcat's unparalleled capabilities
The F-14 Tomcat was fitted with a powerful weapons system known as the AWG-9 which was able to support the AIM-54 Phoenix that provided an unprecedented one-hundred mile range Called One Of A Kind and made by Grumman to promote the F-14 fighter program, the cool video in this post shows how the mighty Tomcat could operate alone in tactical conditions,...
The F-14 Tomcats were fired on by the Libyans, turning what had been a game of cat and mouse into a deadly encounter The more than two-centuries-old relationship between the U.S. and Libya has long been punctuated by moments of unfortunate conflict. In the opening years of the 19th century, the young U.S. Navy battled the Barbary state of Tripoli...
To perform the fleet air defense role, the F-14 Tomcat was fitted with a powerful weapons system known as the AWG-9 which was able to support the AIM-54 Phoenix long range air-to-air missile Named "F-14: Defenders Of The Fleet," the cool footage in this post will bring a tear to the eye of every Tomcat's fan. The video in fact was...
Do you remember the Top Gun movie scene where Maverick and Goose’s F-14 flies inverted above the black two-seat F-5F (AKA MiG-28)? For safety reasons there was no aircraft flying inverted one above the other An old U.S. Navy commercial claimed, “Navy: it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.” Dave “Bio” Baranek was one who personally turned the slogan into...
Actually after one year spent at Naval Air Station Pensacola, future RIOs progressed to the Replacement Air Group (RAG), a squadron aimed to train naval aviators in specific types of aircraft. The Grumman F-14A Tomcat was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War. However despite the...
The F-14s had a spin issue that posed problems for its ability to engage successfully in a dogfight The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the first of a series of post-Vietnam fighters, followed by the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and F-18 Hornet. Dubbed "teen fighters" these aircraft were designed for maneuverability in air-to-air combat. The F-14s had a spin issue that posed problems for...
During its F-14 days, VF-101 aircrews were tasked to fly the Tomcat during the air shows, demonstrating the F-14 flight characteristics After having been reestablished in May 2012, the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 was officially reconstituted on Oct. 1, 2013 when the rollout ceremony for the delivery to the U.S. Navy of its first F-35C Lightning II was held...
As the left engine failed and I saw the RPM tape drop to zero, I applied full right rudder The F-14 Tomcat was a powerful, complex, and demanding aircraft to fly, and those terms applied during all phases of flight. When launching from an aircraft carrier, for example, it was very difficult to perfectly align the aircraft with the catapult...
Tom Cruise vomited inside an F-14 Tomcat flown by Captain Lloyd "Bozo" Abel, the same U.S. Naval Aviator who buzzed the tower in one of the most famous scenes of Top Gun In the year of the 30th anniversary of the classic motion picture "Top Gun," Tom Cruise, who played "Maverick" character in the movie, has revealed some secrets about the film...

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