USS Enterprise

The true story behind the legend of Tony Scott personally paying to turn USS Enterprise and shoot F-14 Tomcats back-lit by the sun in Top Gun movie

The true story behind the legend of Tony Scott personally paying to turn USS Enterprise and shoot F-14 Tomcats back-lit by the sun in Top Gun movie

Top Gun movie The cool videos in this post feature the memorable Top Gun movie opening scene as well as… Read More

2 months ago

The story of an F-14 Tomcat CAP mission off the Vietnamese coast flown in preparation for Saigon, South Vietnam evacuation

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

2 months ago

USS Wainwright CO explains why Phalanx CIWS failed to shoot down the Harpoon missile fired by Iranians at his ship during Operation Praying Mantis

Operation Praying Mantis Operation Praying Mantis was the largest of five major US Navy surface actions since World War II.… 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

US Navy selects Commercial Dismantlement plan to dismantle and dispose USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Commercial Dismantlement plan to dismantle and dispose USS Enterprise The US Navy has made a significant decision regarding the former… Read More

6 months ago

The story of the A-12CB, the Oxcart Carrier Based Mach 3 Spy Plane that never was

The A-12CB (Carrier Based) was a minor study for a major change in operations for the Oxcart: flight to and… Read More

9 months ago

Naval Flight Officer explains why despite their robustness (and cost) aircraft carriers can’t be kept in service longer than their programmed life

‘Some components simply can’t be replaced, while others it would be cost-prohibitive and inefficient,’ Andy Burns, Naval Flight Officer. American… Read More

12 months ago

Tactical Action Officer on a US Navy aircraft carrier tells how long does it take to a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier to go to flank speed

‘It’s hard to imagine what a carrier doing flank speed is like,’ Ross Hall, Tactical Action Officer and Anti-Submarine Officer… Read More

1 year ago

Getting Grumman and the Tomcat through Difficult Times: the story of Bob Belter, the man who bought the first 70 F-14 Fighter Jets for the US Navy

Bob Belter. You’d think more people would know the name of a man who bought 70 F-14 Tomcats! Bob Belter.… Read More

2 years ago

US Navy May Dismantle USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the service’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, at Commercial Yard

Due to a heavy workload at the US Navy’s yard Puget Sound, the service is looking to contract with a… Read More

2 years ago

US Navy Aircraft Carriers are so fast they can outrun virtually every surface ship and submarine in most sea states

US Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers can outrun virtually every surface ship in most sea states. The rougher it is, the… Read More

2 years ago

How two SBD Dauntless aircraft from USS Enterprise sank submarine I-70, the first major Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II

The first major Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II. By the time the USS Enterprise CV-6 (The Big… Read More

2 years ago

Tomcat finale: the last ever carrier ops of the original F-14A model and why the Fighting Checkmates are the US Navy’s last and only fighter squadron

VF-211 would make its final Tomcat trap and catapult launch on May 20, 2004 as USS Enterprise conducted local operations… Read More

4 years ago

Say It With Sailors! The Tradition of the Aircraft Carrier Deck Spell-Out

There is an old marketing slogan used by florists worldwide that has been in use for years: “Say it with… Read More

4 years ago

Check out this video of GBU deliveries on Afghanistan, courtesy of Tophatters F-14 Tomcats

The first, emotional segment of the video shows VF-14 Tophatters Tomcats over New York. The cool video in this post… Read More

5 years ago

As Chinese Admiral says his Country should sink two American Aircraft Carriers, the U.S. Navy is ready to sign dual-Gerald R. Ford-class carrier Contract

The 2-carrier contract would be a very bad news for China: the Gerald R. Ford-class in fact is designed to… Read More

5 years ago

THE UNKNOWN STORY OF THE CLOSE CALL THAT ALMOST STARTED WORLD WAR III OFF THE KOREAN PENINSULA IN 1969 

“This is the Chief-of-Staff: Launch the alert five.” In just minutes we could hear the A-6 engines starting directly above… Read More

6 years ago