RIO

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.

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

4 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

11 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

1 year ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

THE STORY OF THE F-14 PILOT THAT WAS ABLE TO LAND HIS TOMCAT WITHOUT CANOPY AFTER HIS BACKSEATER ERRONEOUSLY BAILED OUT

As Vickers started to push on the stick, he heard a loud pop, followed by a roar. He knew exactly… Read More

6 years ago

THE LAST “AGGRESSOR” DAYS OF VF-74 BE-DEVILERS F-14 TOMCATS

VF-74 Be-Devilers F-14B Tomcats proved to be an extremely effective aggressor, providing capabilities akin to those of the Su-27 and… Read More

7 years ago