Naval Air Station Miramar

Former US Navy F-8 Pilot explains why a carrier landing in the legendary Crusader was a real challenge

Former US Navy F-8 Pilot explains why a carrier landing in the legendary Crusader was a real challenge

“Because of approach speed and scan, you had to work your ass off. But I liked the F-8 because it… Read More

11 months ago

“We reached 18,000 feet in less than thirty seconds!” Tomcat RIO tells the story of when on his third F-14 flight his pilot did a memorable unrestricted climb

“I looked at our rapidly increasing airspeed as we neared the end of the runway, and Crush yanked back on… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the US Navy F-14 Tomcat aircrew that inspired the Legendary Top Gun Movie

Learning to fly and fight the Tomcat in combat was the main goal for both the F-14 aircrews and the… Read More

2 years ago

Vintage Video features VF-124 Gunfighters F-14 Tomcat landing without its port wheel at NAS Miramar

Taken on Nov. 28, 1973 the video in this post features a Grumman F-14 Tomcat belonging to the “Gunfighters” of… Read More

2 years ago

TOPGUN was not as credible of an adversary without the F-16N: why the retirement of the F-16Ns was a blow to the Navy Fighter Weapons School

The opportunity to fly the sleek and high-powered F-16N Vipers, as they were called by the staff, was one of… Read More

2 years ago

IAF Fighter Pilots Explain why Israel Picked the F-15 Eagle over the F-14 Tomcat

From an Israeli point of view, the Tomcat could not match the three principal virtues of the Eagle — the… Read More

4 years ago

The Life and Times of an S-3A Viking Sensor Operator, Part Two: Livin’ in the Real World

"So many things that you have no control of have to go absolutely right for you. Becoming an S-3A SENSO,… Read More

5 years ago

“It’s time to buzz the tower:” Former F-14 RIO explains how the legendary Top Gun tower fly-by scene was filmed

Civilians in communities near Miramar called the base and local news media asking about a 'berserk F-14 pilot'... Maverick: Tower,… Read More

5 years ago

EXCLUSIVE: FORMER TOPGUN INSTRUCTOR PRESENTS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE THAT INSPIRED LEGENDARY TOP GUN MOVIE

“Moving up to the F-14 Tomcat meant crossing the magic line that separates the men from the boys, like first-time… Read More

6 years ago

THE STORY OF THE A-4 SCOOTER, THE LIGHT ATTACK PLANE THAT BECAME THE PERFECT ADVERSARY AIRCRAFT

Because of its air-to-air prowess the A-4 was soon nicknamed Mongoose, and provided to most fighter pilots the experience necessary… Read More

6 years ago

LOOK MA, A MiG-28! OH, NO WAIT. IT’S A VFC-13 FIGHTING SAINTS F-5 TIGER!

Fighting Saints' F-5 Tiger IIs, are all painted in a variety of colorful paint schemes of blue, gray, brown and… 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