VF-211

The Fearsome Crusader scored its last MiG Kill against a North Vietnamese MiG-17 pilot that chose to eject when he found his opponent was an F-8 instead of an F-4

The Fearsome Crusader scored its last MiG Kill against a North Vietnamese MiG-17 pilot that chose to eject when he found his opponent was an F-8 instead of an F-4

Lt Jerry Tucker kill was disallowed on the grounds that it had been achieved without the use of any weapons,… Read More

1 year ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story of Santa Brutus, VF-211 Fighting Checkmates F-14 featuring Christmas-Theme Markings

The tails of the F-14 Tomcat featured the character from the squadron logo, who we called Brutus, dressed as Santa… Read More

2 years ago

The epic story of the F-14 Tomcat pilot who disobeyed the order to return to the carrier to provide CAS support during the Battle of Roberts Ridge

Ordered to return to the ship by the AWACS after dropping all of his bombs, Lt Sidbury told everybody -… Read More

2 years ago

Even though the AIM-120 was successfully tested on the F-14, the AMRAAM integration into fleet Tomcats was scrapped. Here’s why.

AIM-120 AMRAAM tested but not integrated on F-14 Tomcat. Taken in September 1981, the interesting photos in this post feature… Read More

3 years ago

The controversial story of the North Vietnamese MiG-17 pilot who punched out when he found his opponent was an F-8 instead of an F-4

Suddenly, the MiG's canopy flew off, followed by the pilot. F-8 pilot Lt. Jerry Tucker watched incredulously as his 'kill'… Read More

3 years ago

Launching the Phoenix and dogfighting against the F-15: Q & A with F-14 Tomcat RIO Dave “Bio” Baranek Part 2

"In a multi-aircraft engagement the Eagle’s relative strengths were reduced. When I fought F-15s, which was not often enough, we… Read More

3 years ago

The Story Behind this F-14 Tomcat Squadron’s Christmas-Theme Markings

For most people the Christmas holidays bring happy celebrations with family and friends. For military personnel, however, separation from loved… Read More

4 years ago

VFA-211 Fighting Checkmates to start transition from F/A-18F to F/A-18E

Former VFA-211 Cmdr. Ken Hockycko oversaw 14 jet transfers enabling the preparation for a challenging two-seat to single-seat airframe transition… Read More

4 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

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… Read More

5 years ago