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Go For Your Gun! The first F-14 Tomcat Strafe Run during Operation Iraqi Freedom
'Our primary concern during our gunnery passes was the fact that we were now well within the range of MANPADS. Nevertheless, we positioned ourselves for the strafing runs just under the overcast...' Craig Geron, Former F-14 Tomcat RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to the action. Tomcat pilots and radar intercept officers (RIOs)...
When U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats attacked Saddam Hussein's presidential yacht
"We dropped both of our bombs in the same attack, one hitting the hull just above the waterline and the other disappearing amongst the yacht's superstructure. When we left the target the ship was on fire," Pat Baker, former F-14 Tomcat RIO Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the F-14 squadrons committed to the action. Tomcat pilots...
Soviet Floggers Vs U.S. Navy Tomcats: When Superpowers Fought it out in the South China Sea
Hooter was able to maneuver his Tomcat above and behind the MiG and expertly kept his advantage. After a series of maneuvers, the MiG reversed aggressively and the two jets ended up going into a rolling scissors... Although the Cold War never erupted into all-out war, the U.S. and the Soviet Union did have many military interactions with one another...
F-14 Cockpit Selfie – The Untold Story
"The F-14 Tomcat, with its huge canopy, spacious cockpit, and two-person crew, was perfect for selfies. Here’s the story behind one of my selfies that has gotten much more exposure than I ever expected. (Exposure, get it?)," Dave “Bio” Baranek, former F-14 Tomcat RIO Although the word “selfie” didn’t come into popular use until the early 21st century, people have been...
  The decision to incorporate the Super Hornet and decommission the F-14 was mainly due to high amount of maintenance required to keep the Tomcats operational On Feb. 8, 2006 a chapter in naval aviation history was closed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) with the last recovery of an F-14 Tomcat from a combat mission. Piloted by then-Capt. William G. Sizemore...

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