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

12 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

1 year 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

1 year 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

2 years 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

7 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

F-14 Last Combat Trap On Feb. 8, 2006 a chapter in naval aviation history was closed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt… Read More

7 years ago