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IRIAF F-14A Tomcat crashed, both crew members ejected safely
The F-14A reported an emergency to air traffic control during its training flight. As reported by Scramble Facebook News Magazine, one of the few remaining Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcats was involved in a crash at home base Esfahãn-Shahid Beheshti International Airport (Iran). The IRIAF F-14A...
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...
Video: 'Top Gun 2' Needs 'Ghost Goose' Says Anthony Edwards
His character Goose died in the first Top Gun, but that did not stop Anthony Edwards from lobbying for a chance to appear in the sequel as "Ghost Goose." Filmed in 2017, the funny video in this post shows Anthony Edwards asking for a role in the upcoming Top Gun Sequel movie....
This U.S. Navy F-4 has been shot down by a U.S. Navy F-4 flown by a USAF exchange pilot
"At first I thought we had had a mid air, then I saw our airplane crashing into the water and I looked back and saw the missile smoke trail and quickly figured it out," Dave 'Fly' Svajda former U.S. Navy F-4 RIO Date: Aug. 17, 1978 Location: In the Med about 80 nm south of Marseille, France Squadron: VF-74, flying F-4s in...
"It's time to buzz the tower:" Former F-14 RIO explains how 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, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby. Air Boss Johnson: That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full. To Aviation Geeks, this is a memorable quote from Top Gun, their all-time favourite movie. Author Dave 'Bio' Baranek, The Aviation Geek Club contributor,...
F-14 Cockpit Selfie – The Untold Story
"The F-14 Tomcat, with its huge canopy, spacious cockpit, and two-person crew, was perfect for selfies. Here’s the story behind one of my selfies that has gotten much more exposure than I ever expected. (Exposure, get it?)," Dave “Bio” Baranek, former F-14 Tomcat RIO Although the word “selfie” didn’t come into popular use until the early 21st century, people have been...
Book provides never told stories of VF-14 Tophatters Squadron and the F-14 Tomcat
"The F-14 Tomcat was a pure air-to-air fighter and our mission, in the words of Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron), was '...to patrol our area of the sky and shoot down any enemy aircraft that are in that area. Anything else is rubbish,'" Bill "Pinch" Paisley, former F-14 RIO "The platform was the F-14 Tomcat, the ship was the...
The story of the F-14 pilot that was able to land his Tomcat without canopy after his RIO erroneously bailed out
As Vickers started to push on the stick, he heard a loud pop, followed by a roar. He knew exactly what had happened and he transmitted, "Lion 52. Emergency, my RIO just ejected" Here's something you don't see everyday: the incredible photos in this post in fact show an F-14 Tomcat (actually the F-14D BuNo. 164341) flying without canopy. The U.S....
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...
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...

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