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F-14 Tomcat RIO recalls when he and his pilot faced alone 5 gutsy F-4 Phantom IIs and came out on top

F-14 Tomcat RIO recalls when he and his pilot faced alone 5 gutsy F-4 Phantom IIs and came out on top

The MiG-23 Flogger threat The Soviet-built MiG-23 “Flogger” was designed to replace the widely-used MiG-21. The MiG-23’s advanced radar and… Read More

1 week ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story of when he and his pilot destroyed a supersonic target drone by means of an AIM-7 fired by their F-14 flying at more than Mach 1

“Halfway through the turn my “radar lock” lights went out. I had messed up the intercept! ‘Broke lock,’ I growled… Read More

1 year ago

Tomcat RIO Recalls when He and His Pilot had to Eject from their F-14 because the Arresting Gear Failed when They Landed Aboard the Aircraft Carrier

It was later determined that the mishap was caused by one of the four cables was not set to the… Read More

1 year ago

Tomcat RIO tells the story behind this famed F-14 Cockpit Selfie

'Here’s the story behind one of my selfies that has gotten much more exposure than I ever expected. (Exposure, get… Read More

2 years ago

A Life-or-Death Experience: Former F-14 pilot tells the story of when he and his RIO had a Tomcat single-engine cat shot

“As I quickly found out, the F-14 could fly single-engine, even with full fuel and a typical loadout. Our Tomcat… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the US Navy F-8 pilots that instructed USAF F-4 crews in ACM, beat them during every engagement and made Robin Olds angry

The Navy pilots destroyed their USAF brethren, to the obvious delight of the F-8 'drivers' and the continued frustration of… Read More

3 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

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… Read More

6 years ago

TOMCAT SINGLE-ENGINE CAT SHOT: A LIFE-OR-DEATH EXPERIENCE

The F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat was a powerful, complex, and demanding aircraft to fly, and those terms applied during… Read More

8 years ago