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Former F-14 Tomcat RIO tells the story of a tense mission flown during Operation Iraqi Freedom
“Our wingman F-14’ engine then stalled again, and in the ensuing melee I watched him cross-planform directly in front of the tanker — I instinctively ducked, waiting for the ensuing fireball that would kill us all,” VF-154 Black Knights RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to...
Black Knights down: the story of the first Coalition aircraft to crash in Iraq since the start of OIF
‘"Gordo" yelled "Eject, Eject, Eject!" while I was doing my best to keep the jet stable to ensure that we were in a good envelope so when we punched out the 'chutes would work as advertised,' Chad Vincelette, former F-14A Tomcat pilot with VF-154 Black Knights. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success...
Interesting video shows the restoration of IrAF MiG-25 Foxbat found buried in the sand during Operation Iraqi Freedom
The aircraft on exhibit, a MiG-25RB, was found in 2003 by American forces buried in the sand near Al Taqaddum Airbase 250km west of Baghdad. Taken at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the interesting video in this post shows the restoration of an Iraqi Air Force (IrAF) MiG-25RB Foxbat. ...
Three USAF RC-135S Cobra Ball spy planes were airborne when North Korea launched Hwasong-15 ICBM
Former Tech. Sgt. Monica Elfriede Witt was charged with espionage on Feb. 13, 2019 Former Tech. Sgt. Monica Elfriede Witt, a former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who had defected to Iran and who was charged with espionage on Feb. 13, 2019, served as an airborne crypto linguist on board a RC-135...
Cool HD Video shows VF-211 F-14A Tomcats taking fuel from RAF Tristar Tanker
“In this particular mission, not only were we refueling at night, but we were doing so on top of a thunderstorm,” Keith “Virus” Schomig, former F-14A Tomcat RIO with VF-211 Checkmates Taken by former Tomcat RIO Keith “Virus” Schomig from the cockpit of his F-14 in February 2002, the cool video in this...
Go For Your Gun! The first F-14 Tomcat Strafe Run during Operation Iraqi Freedom
'Our primary concern during our gunnery passes was the fact that we were now well within the range of MANPADS. Nevertheless, we positioned ourselves for the strafing runs just under the overcast...' Craig Geron, Former F-14 Tomcat RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to the action. Tomcat pilots and radar intercept officers (RIOs)...
When U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats attacked Saddam Hussein's presidential yacht
"We dropped both of our bombs in the same attack, one hitting the hull just above the waterline and the other disappearing amongst the yacht's superstructure. When we left the target the ship was on fire," Pat Baker, former F-14 Tomcat RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to the action. Tomcat pilots...
Speed & Angels: an exclusive look at the making of the movie which featured the last U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats in action
"Since their childhoods, Jay and Meagan have dreamt of becoming fighter pilots. Speed & Angels captures these young naval aviators in their efforts to realize their childhood dreams," Francesco “Paco” Chierici, Speed & Angels producer Brought to my attention by former F-14 driver Francesco "Paco" Chierici, the cool videos in this post give you the chance to look behind the...
Grumman F-14 Tomcat in HD: spectacular video features excerpts from the movie "Speed & Angels"
Produced by former F-14 driver Francesco "Paco" Chierici, Speed & Angels follows Jay and Meagan as they chase their childhood dream of becoming naval aviators flying the mighty Tomcat Featuring several scenes from Speed & Angels movie, the spectacular video in this post shows the last U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats in action. The motion picture was filmed in 2003-2006 period, while...
USAF retires AC-130U that sank Iraqi patrol boat during Operation Iraqi Freedom
The AC-130U had the honor of being “the first Air Force aircrew and aircraft to sink a maritime combat surface vessel during a war effort since World War II” AC-130U, # 89-0511, was retired to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) on May 8. The gunship had the honor of being “the first Air Force aircrew and aircraft...

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