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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...
Former Tomcat RIO explains how a well trained F-14 crew could face alone 5 gutsy F-4 Phantoms
"As the Phantom neared the end of twenty-five years as a front-line fighter with the U.S. Navy, its aircrews wanted to show they still had it. Meanwhile, we Tomcat crews wanted to demonstrate the superiority of our still-new fighter," Dave "Bio" Baranek, Tomcat RIO with twenty years experience F-14 Tomcat Vs F-4 Phantom. In the early 1980s the Soviet-built MiG-23 Flogger caused...
As the left engine failed and I saw the RPM tape drop to zero, I applied full right rudder The F-14 Tomcat was a powerful, complex, and demanding aircraft to fly, and those terms applied during all phases of flight. When launching from an aircraft carrier, for example, it was very difficult to perfectly align the aircraft with the catapult...

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