Tag: USS John F. Kennedy

Tomcat 4-Libya 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Qaddafi’s MiG-23s over the Gulf of Sidra on Jan. 4, 1989
After returning to the carrier, both the F-14s received single FLOGGER 'kill' markings above the nose MODEX, although these were removed by the time the jets returned to Oceana on Jan. 31 Jan. 4, 1989 was a historic day for VF-32, and the Tomcat community as a whole, when the F-14 once...
Remembering the ill-fated 1983 U.S. strike on Lebanon
The A-6 crew ejected, and Lt Mike Lange soon succumbed to injuries suffered in the process of leaving the aircraft. B/N Lt Bobby Goodman  was turned over to Syrian troops and duly spent several weeks in a jail near Damascus The Grumman A-6 Intruder was the 'Main Battery' of carrier aviation throughout the Vietnam War, and it remained in service with...
This A-7 Corsair made an emergency barricade landing with live ordnance aboard USS John F. Kennedy
When the A-7 was launched from the catapult an incorrect weight estimation caused the aircraft to outrun the shuttle. The shuttle caught up with the aircraft before it departed the deck and impacted the left nose wheel assembly, causing it to break Built by LTV Aerospace Corporation (the same company that produced the iconic F-8 Crusader), the A-7 Corsair II replaced...
Last Time Baby! Cool video features VF-103 Jolly Rogers last deployment flying the F-14 Tomcat
VF-103 Jolly Rogers made it’s last deployment flying the F-14B Tomcat in 2004 aboard the USS John F. Kennedy, conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the squadron transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet in February of 2005 Called “VF-103 Jolly Rogers Combat Cruise 2004,” the following cool video features the squadron last deployment flying the iconic F-14 Tomcat. As we...

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