VF-213 Black Lions

The Marine guard that inadvertently jettisoned the canopy from a parked F-14 to sit in the Tomcat cockpit. The missiles aboard (1 AIM-54, 1 AIM-7 and 1 AIM-9) did not have the pins but were not damaged.

Key explanatory text within the message was encrypted in "aviator acronyms” - "GF," YGTBSM," WTFO,” and "HS," and other coded… Read More

8 months ago

The story of how all Miramar Tomcat squadrons got the funds to purchase riflescopes to attach to the HUD of their F-14 fighter jets

The Black Lions F-14 Tomcat pilots completed a tactical assessment that found that against a MiG-sized target, the VID range… Read More

9 months ago

That time two F-14 fighter jets were diverted to USS Midway (the carrier’s flight deck and infrastructure could not support regular operation of the large, heavy Tomcat)

There is no information that implies an F-14 ever flew from USS Midway. The interesting thing, however, is that long… Read More

11 months ago

US Navy F-14 Pilot explains how he was able to Land his Tomcat Without Canopy after his Backseater erroneously Bailed Out

The incredible photos in this post show an F-14 Tomcat (actually the F-14D BuNo. 164341) flying without canopy. Advancements during… Read More

1 year ago

Last F-14 Tomcat in US Navy service will be moving from Bethpage to Cradle of Aviation Museum

Felix 101, F-14D BuNo 164603, the last Tomcat in US Navy service, currently in front of a vacant office building… Read More

2 years ago

Cradle of Aviation Museum to receive the last F-14 to ever fly to celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Iconic Tomcat

The museum will receive for restoration and permanent display the last F-14 (BuNo 164603) to ever fly, number 711 of… Read More

4 years ago

The Robot Phantom II: a quick look at US Navy F-4G

On Feb. 19, 1964 Cdr Ken Stecker, CO of VF-96, and his RIO Lt Charles Webster III made the F-4G… Read More

5 years ago

South China Sea Dogfights – Floggers Vs Tomcats

Hooter was able to maneuver his Tomcat above and behind the MiG and expertly kept his advantage. After a series… Read More

6 years ago

Book tells the story of when two F-14 Tomcats were diverted to the USS Midway

LT Berg's biggest surprise on breaking out of the ever-lowering cloud ceiling was the sight of Midway, being so very… Read More

6 years ago

REMEMBERING THE U.S. NAVY F-4G, THE PHANTOM THAT COULD PERFORM AUTOMATIC CARRIER LANDINGS

In 1966 the 12 U.S. Navy F-4G aircraft were to test a new tactical camouflage for embarked aircraft In March,… Read More

6 years ago

THIS F-14D CLOSE-UP SHOWS THE LAST UPGRADE RECEIVED BY TOMCAT BEFORE BEING RETIRED

ROVER capability was added to the F-14D Tomcat On Dec. 10, 2005. It was first used by VF-31 and VF-213… Read More

6 years ago

THE STORY OF THE F-14 PILOT THAT WAS ABLE TO LAND HIS TOMCAT WITHOUT CANOPY AFTER HIS BACKSEATER ERRONEOUSLY BAILED OUT

As Vickers started to push on the stick, he heard a loud pop, followed by a roar. He knew exactly… Read More

6 years ago

FUNNY VIDEO BRINGS YOU ABOARD VF-31 TOMCATTERS F-14Ds FOR A 7-HOUR MISSION IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

The "last cruise" of the iconic Tomcat saw the F-14Ds belonging to VF-31, the Tomcatters, and VF-213, the Black Lions,… Read More

7 years ago

BYE-BYE BABY…! REMEMBERING THE F-14 TOMCAT LAST COMBAT TRAP

The decision to incorporate the Super Hornet and decommission the F-14 was mainly due to high amount of maintenance required… Read More

7 years ago