Radar Intercept Officer

US Navy F-14 pilot recalls landing a Tomcat with a full load of six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles on the aircraft carrier

US Navy F-14 pilot recalls landing a Tomcat with a full load of six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles on the aircraft carrier

The AIM-54 Phoenix Designed in 1968 to take the place of the controversial F-111B, then under development for the US Navy’s… Read More

1 week ago

F-4 Crew Members Speak about Phantom II’s Issues. And they Explain why they Loved Flying it despite its Flaws.

The F-4 Phantom II Built as a high-altitude interceptor, the F-4 Phantom II quickly demonstrated that it was a special… Read More

4 weeks ago

“We were not just fleet air defenders:” F-14 RIO tells why Tomcat crews could prevail against anyone in a dogfight

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

1 month ago

The F-14 Tomcat’s AWG-9 had been the most powerful radar in operational service on combat aircraft until the F-22 Raptor with the APG-77 entered service in 2005. Here’s why.

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

2 months ago

Airman explains why USAF F-4 Crew Members who Ejected two times from a Phantom II were Grounded and Never Flew an F-4 Again

The F-4 Built as a high-altitude interceptor, the F-4 Phantom II quickly demonstrated that it was a special aircraft, establishing… Read More

2 months ago

US Navy F-4 pilot recalls when he got into a fist fight with his RIO after a combat mission. The next day they flew together like nothing had ever happened.

The RIO or Radar Intercept Officer A normal mission for any fighter aircraft is to intercept an airborne target. To… Read More

3 months ago

The impossible arrested landing: the F-14 pilot who was able to land his Tomcat aboard USS Enterprise through a thunderstorm

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

3 months ago

Did you know the USAF F-4 Phantom II variant had to be designated the F-110 Spectre? The Century Series Fighter that Never Was

The F-4C Phantom II In response to Navy requirements for a high-altitude interceptor to defend carriers with long-range air-to-air missiles… Read More

7 months ago

The story of when a US Navy F-14 Tomcat fired six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles against six different targets simultaneously: the six-on-six missile shot test

A new capability introduced by the AIM-54 was strictly linked to its radar: the AWG-9 had the unprecedented ability to… Read More

10 months ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story of when he and his pilot destroyed a supersonic target drone by means of an AIM-7 fired by their F-14 flying at more than Mach 1

“Halfway through the turn my “radar lock” lights went out. I had messed up the intercept! ‘Broke lock,’ I growled… Read More

11 months ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story of Pat O’Brien, the Civilian Engineer that Made Dozens of Flights in the F-14, F-4, TA-7, and Others

After working as a college intern at North American Rockwell, Pat O’Brien decided he wanted to be in flight test.… Read More

12 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

US Navy F-14 Tomcat RIO tells the story of when he and his pilot intercepted a Concorde during Operation Desert Shield

‘As we swung our nose in the direction of the vector we got, I got an immediate lock on an… Read More

1 year 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