Grumman F-14 Tomcat

The story of an F-14 Tomcat CAP mission off the Vietnamese coast flown in preparation for Saigon, South Vietnam evacuation

The story of an F-14 Tomcat CAP mission off the Vietnamese coast flown in preparation for Saigon, South Vietnam evacuation

Roger Ball! In the wake of the hard lessons of the Vietnam War, a pantheon of committed naval aviators struggled… Read More

2 months ago

Videos feature First Flight (and First Crash) of the Iconic F-14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat development The Navy's search for an advanced carrier-based air superiority fighter led to evaluation of General Dynamics' F-111B,… Read More

2 months ago

170 F-14s could provide the same level of Defense as 290 F-15s but USAF bought the Eagle instead of the Tomcat. Here’s why.

The F-14 Advancements during the Cold War in Soviet long range patrol and bomber aircraft dictated a requirement for a… Read More

6 months ago

Clarence Alfred Gilyard Jr., aka LT.(JG) Marcus “Sundown” Williams who briefly served as Maverick’s RIO in Top Gun, passed away

Born on Dec. 24, 1955 Clarence Alfred Gilyard Jr. was best known among The Aviation Geeks, as Top Gun’s Radar… Read More

1 year 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

You either love it or hate it: why 50 years after its first flight the F-14 Tomcat is still a highly controversial aircraft

The F-14 saw much more combat than usually thought: indeed, much more than the other 'teen fighters' - including F-15,… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the F-14 Tomcat (Rather than the F-15 Eagle) would have been the Most Effective Interceptor for USAF

The F-15 was not able to match the Tomcat's multiple target tracking and multiple missile-launch capabilities, or the long-range firepower… 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

Video features Former Northrop Grumman Vice President explaining why the F-14 Tomcat was the Ultimate Fighter

“We split S to the deck and was cruising in Mil power doing about 550 KTS when I got tally… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

5 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

ONE OF A KIND: COOL PROMOTIONAL VIDEO ILLUSTRATES F-14 TOMCAT’S UNIQUE CAPABILITIES

The F-14 Tomcat was fitted with a powerful weapons system known as the AWG-9 which was able to support the… Read More

6 years ago

THIS DAY IN AVIATION HISTORY: THE F-14 TOMCAT’s FIRST AIR-TO-AIR VICTORY

The F-14 Tomcats were fired on by the Libyans, turning what had been a game of cat and mouse into… Read More

7 years ago

ANYTIME BABY…! COOL VIDEO FEATURES THE LEGENDARY F-14 TOMCAT IN ACTION ON THE FLIGHT DECK

To perform the fleet air defense role, the F-14 Tomcat was fitted with a powerful weapons system known as the… Read More

7 years ago

BOOK TELLS THE INSIDE STORY OF “TOP GUN” AND THE F-14 TOMCAT

Do you remember the Top Gun movie scene where Maverick and Goose’s F-14 flies inverted above the black two-seat F-5F… Read More

7 years ago

BEFORE TOPGUN DAYS: REVEALING TRUE STORY ABOUT U.S. NAVY FIGHTER TRAINING

Actually after one year spent at Naval Air Station Pensacola, future RIOs progressed to the Replacement Air Group (RAG), a… Read More

7 years ago

A QUICK LOOK AT NASA F-14 TOMCAT TESTBEDS

The F-14s had a spin issue that posed problems for its ability to engage successfully in a dogfight The Grumman F-14… Read More

7 years ago