Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force

Here’s how Soviets were able to publish this F-14 “booklet” for their top fighter pilots although Russia never received any (Iranian) Tomcat

Here’s how Soviets were able to publish this F-14 “booklet” for their top fighter pilots although Russia never received any (Iranian) Tomcat

Obtaining quite good intel on the F-14 Tomcat – from the USA – proved quite easy for the KGB. No,… Read More

3 months ago

Iranian lawmaker says Russia will begin delivery of Su-35 fighter jets to Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force from March

A number of Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker fighter jets will be delivered to Iran from Russia in early Solar Hijri calendar… Read More

9 months ago

Iran’s First Aircraft Carrier is under construction (It will be a Drone Aircraft Carrier obtained from Converted Merchant Ship and it’s expected To Be Launched In 2023)

Iran’s sectarian naval force is converting a former merchant container ship into a drone aircraft carrier in a dry dock… Read More

9 months ago

The story of the Iraqi MiG-23 Flogger that mistakenly shot down an Iranian F-14 Tomcat that was defecting to Iraq

The young lieutenant acquired a lock-on and fired a single R-24T. The hefty weapon detonated below the F-14A, setting it… Read More

11 months ago

Iranian minister of Defense has confirmed that IRIAF will receive the Sukhoi Su-35SE Flanker-E fighter jets originally ordered by Egypt

The original order of 24 Su-35SE for the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) will now be diverted to the Islamic Republic… Read More

1 year ago

F-14’s first air-to-air kill was a gun kill. But it wasn’t scored by a US Navy Tomcat.

A US Navy legend maintains that a few older F-14 pilots promised to erect a monument to the first individual… Read More

1 year ago

IRIAF F-14 Tomcat crashes near the central city of Isfahan. Both crew members eject safely.

The IRIAF Tomcat involved in the accident is believed to be F-14A serial 3-6054. An Islamic Republic of Iran Air… Read More

1 year ago

The Oil Tankers and Merchant Ships hit by the Iraqi Air Force Super Étendard attack aircraft during the Tanker War with Iran

The Super Étendard was used by Iraqi Air Force to attack oil tankers and merchant shipping in the Persian Gulf… Read More

1 year ago

Here’s why Egypt will never receive Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets (and why there’s no confirmation for any of reports about Algeria or Iran “taking them instead”)

Word is the Egyptians tested an Irbis-E radar (from the Su-35) against Rafale's ECM-system, and the latter easily overpowered the… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot that scored an AIM-7 Sparrow ‘soft kill’ on an Iranian F-4 attacking a US Navy P-3 and saved the Orion crew

F-14 Tomcat pilot Lt William 'Bear' Ferran saw his AIM-7 Sparrow drifting slightly from left to right and then, shortly… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why F-14 Tomcat fighter jets preserved in museums could never be restored in flight conditions

The key structural element of an F-14 is its wing box. It is an electron beam welded titanium box that… Read More

2 years ago

The strange case of the first kills scored by RSAF (or USAF?) F-15 pilots

Following the interception of radio traffic between the F-15s and the AWACS, Iran later claimed — logically — that the… Read More

2 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

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

3 years ago

The Iraqi MiG-21 F-14 Killer than never was: the story of the MiG-21 Jay Fighter

Is there a chance for such an aircraft to have ever shot down an IRIAF F-14? This is to address… Read More

3 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

3 years ago