Former VFA-211 Cmdr. Ken Hockycko oversaw 14 jet transfers enabling the preparation for a challenging two-seat to single-seat airframe transition for…
Cold War EraMilitary AviationU.S. Navy
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 off…
Cold War EraLosses and Aviation SafetyMilitary Aviation
Strange But True: The US Navy F-8 that became North Vietnam’s first confirmed aerial kill landed safely ashore.
Lt Cdr Thomas’ F-8 had been hit in the utility hydraulic system, preventing him from raising the fighter’s wing for a…