Radar Intercept Officer

That time a former US Navy F-4 RIO undergoing pilot training flew an Unauthorized Engagement with his T-2 against another Buckeye student pilot

That time a former US Navy F-4 RIO undergoing pilot training flew an Unauthorized Engagement with his T-2 against another Buckeye student pilot

Roger Ball! He was the second of two children and born on 25 January 1940 in Shandon Baptist Hospital in… Read More

1 month ago

US Navy F-14 test pilot recalls when his Tomcat was scorched after a Mach 2+ test sortie

The F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat played a leading role in the 1986 movie “Top Gun.” The Navy needed an airplane to protect… Read More

1 month ago

The US Navy F-14 pilot who developed the DACT technique that made gun kills on lethal 9G capable F-16Ns possible from the much larger Tomcat

The F-16N Viper The F-16N Viper, a version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon operated by the US Air Force, was… Read More

2 months ago

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

3 months 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 months 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

4 months 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

4 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

5 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

5 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

6 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

10 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

1 year 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