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TOPGUN F-16A recovered after runway excursion at NAS Lemoore

TOPGUN F-16A recovered after runway excursion at NAS Lemoore

F-16A BuNo 900945 departed the runway at NAS Lemoore during a routine training mission last week. A US Navy F-16A… Read More

17 hours ago

F-14 Tomcat pilot and TOPGUN instructor explains how he was able to nail a MiG-29 Fulcrum in a 1v1 Dogfight

“I saw his two afterburners. He is probably doing 500 knots, straight downhill, with both afterburners. And I thought, ‘Gotcha!’… Read More

5 months ago

The story of Joe “Hoser” Satrapa, the F-14 Tomcat pilot who scored two simulated gun kills on two USAF F-15s for two times in the same mission

To add a little more insult to his adversaries’ loss, Lt. Commander Satrapa impersonated a junior grade lieutenant during the… Read More

7 months ago

ANG F-15C pilot explains how he was able to score a gun kill against a TOPGUN student F/A-18F in a Mock Dogfight

“From the control zone, I was able to get a gun shot on the F/A-18F before we had to terminate… Read More

9 months ago

US Naval Aviator explains why even though the A-4 was agile enough to serve as adversary aircraft with the US Navy, the Skyhawk was not a great fighter

‘Yes, the A-4 Skyhawk was agile. However, it takes more than agility to make a good fighter,’ John Chesire, former… Read More

9 months 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

10 months ago

Former F-14 RIO tells the story of when he and his pilot outran a USAF F-15 aggressor during a TOPGUN mission with their “Bombcat” fully loaded

“We loaded an F-14B Tomcat with 4 x MK-83 in the tunnel, 2 x drop tanks, 2 x AIM-7 Sparrow… Read More

10 months ago

From the F-14 retirement to dogfighting against the F/A-18: former Tomcat RIO answers your questions

‘The Hornet and Super Hornet would be challenging opponents in an engagement. As a baseline initial move, the F-14 Tomcat… Read More

11 months ago

Retired Navy Captain Dan Pedersen, the Naval Officer who created TOPGUN, flies in a Blue Angels F/A-18 Super Hornet

Capt. Brian Kesselring, a former TOPGUN instructor himself and now flight leader and commanding officer of the Blue Angels had… Read More

11 months ago

Remembering the F-16N Viper, the best adversary fighter jet ever flown by the US Navy

US Navy F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet crews were fighting a truly different aircraft, flown by superb aerial tacticians. The… Read More

12 months ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story behind this famed F-14 Cockpit Selfie

'Here’s the story behind one of my selfies that has gotten much more exposure than I ever expected. (Exposure, get… Read More

1 year ago

The Dream Machine: here’s how to make a hop in the F-20 Tigershark, the Super Light-Fighter that Never Was

Super ace Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, once said that “of all the airplanes in… Read More

1 year ago

The story of the US Navy F-14 Tomcat aircrew that inspired the Legendary Top Gun Movie

Learning to fly and fight the Tomcat in combat was the main goal for both the F-14 aircrews and the… Read More

1 year ago

No Internal Gun and Smoking Engines: former Topgun pilots explain why US Navy F-4s initially struggled to compete with North Vietnamese MiG-17 and MiG-21 fighters

Despite flying the world's most modern fighter interceptor armed with state-of-the-art AIM-7 and AIM-9 guided missiles, US Navy F-4 crews… Read More

1 year ago