VF-41 Black Aces

F-14 pilot who took part in cave busting mission the first night of Operation Enduring Freedom explains why Tomcat crews hated dropping the 2,000-lb GBU-24 Paveway III LGB

F-14 pilot who took part in cave busting mission the first night of Operation Enduring Freedom explains why Tomcat crews hated dropping the 2,000-lb GBU-24 Paveway III LGB

The F-14 Tomcat and the GBU-24 Paveway III penetrator LGB At the forefront of the Global War on Terror from… Read More

2 months ago

Blooding the Bombcats: the story of the first air-to-ground sorties ever flown by US Navy F-14 Tomcat fighter jets

Operation Deny Flight In reaction to the resulting 1992 air war between self-proclaimed Serbian Krajina in Croatia, the Croat Air… Read More

11 months ago

The day 70 Libyan Fighters were Scrambled to Intercept US Navy F-4 and F-14 Aircraft that Crossed the Line of Death in the Gulf of Sidra

On Aug. 18, 1981 no less than 35 pairs of Libyan interceptors, including a total of 70 MiG-23MS’s, MiG-25Ps, Mirage… Read More

11 months ago

VF-41 Black Aces F-14 Tomcat crew members who took part in Gulf of Sidra Incident recall the shooting down of Gaddafi Sukhoi Su-22M Fitter fighter bombers

‘The F-14 had incredible superiority in the turn rate and radius over the Su-22, especially because we flew the F-14A… Read More

3 years ago

U.S. Naval Aviator explains how he and his wingman were able to RTB after their F/A-18 fighters collided during air combat training

"It was a significant testament to the construction of the F/A-18—that we were able to fly both aircraft after the… Read More

3 years ago

When the Foxbat Feared the Bones: VF-84 F-14s Vs Libyan MiG-25s

Shortly after two Libyan Su-22s were shot down by a section of F-14s led by CO of VF-41 Black Aces,… Read More

5 years ago

The Day Gaddafi’s Su-22s claimed to have Shot Down a US Navy F-14. And a Libyan Fitter Pilot became a “Tomcat Killer.”

Captain Belkacem Emsik al-Zintani fired a missile and 'destroyed' the F-14, supposedly killing its pilot, Commander Henry Kleeman. In 2016,… Read More

5 years ago

That Time Gaddafi Scrambled 70 Fighters to Intercept US Navy Aircraft that Crossed the Line of Death

No less than 35 pairs of Libyan interceptors, including a total of 70 MiG-23MS's, MiG-25Ps, Mirage F.1s, and even Su-22s,… Read More

5 years ago

Tomcats 2-Fitters 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Qaddafi’s Su-22s over the Gulf of Sidra on Aug. 19, 1981

Kleemann waited about 5 seconds for the Libyan to clear the sun, then pulled the trigger The following article titled… Read More

6 years ago

THIS DAY IN AVIATION HISTORY: THE F-14 TOMCAT’s FIRST AIR-TO-AIR VICTORY

The F-14 Tomcats were fired on by the Libyans, turning what had been a game of cat and mouse into… Read More

7 years ago