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Biggest Myth About The F-14 Tomcat: It Was Designed As An Interceptor

  I asked Bio a question some months ago about the biggest myth about the Tomcat, and he managed to record a video for all of us to watch. Note: This video is the first in a series of new videos that Bio is recording, with flying stories & thoughts like this topic. If you…
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RIP Dale “Snort” Snodgrass – Naval Aviator Par Excellence

By now, most of you would know that Snort has sadly passed away due to an aviation accident. Not only has the F-14 Tomcat community lost one of its best, but Naval Aviation (and aviation in general) have also lost a superstar. If you don’t know much about Snort and what made him famous, then…
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[Video] Fight’s On Scene from Speed & Angels

This video is an almost-perfect reproduction of a BFM engagement between 2 VFC-13 F5E Tiger II’s from Paco Chierici’s “Speed & Angels” documentary. It is amazingly lifelike! A huge thank you to Adrián Caparzo for creating it for us! Want More Military Aviation Goodness? Join us in our private Facebook group where you can enjoy…
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Going Nowhere In Full Afterburner In An F-16

By Mitchell BolingAdapted from his book, “Leadership: A View From The Middle”Copyright (C) 2019. Reprinted with Permission. I had a very exciting experience early in my career while stationed with the 36th Fighter Squadron “Flying Fiends” at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. As a U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant and fledgling leader/supervisor, I had…
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[Interview] Kedar Karmarkar – Aviation Photographer Extraordinaire

This video is an interview I did with famous aviation photographer Kedar Karmarkar back in July 2020. You can enjoy the video above and also read the transcript below. Each bullet point is a switch between speakers. Sorry, but I don’t have time to swap those bullets for a name, but I’m confident you’ll find…
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VF-2 Bounty Hunters and Miramar F-14 Awards in 1987-88

At the completion of my tour as a Topgun instructor, I went through a short refresher course in the F-14 training squadron and then reported to Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2). When I joined the Bounty Hunters (squadron nickname) in June 1987, our Tomcats wore the letter “E” on the forward fuselage in recognition of winning…
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Names and Numbers on Navy Fighters

During my career as a RIO I was in three different fleet squadrons and I’ve seen two different methods for assigning names on the canopy rails. Before I get to them, here are rules that I think are common to all NAVY squadrons / carrier air wings. Each squadron is assigned a number series (100,…
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Operation Earnest Will: F-14 Role in Escorting Oil Tankers

During the 1987 deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CV-61), the battle group spent several months in the northwest portion of the Indian Ocean, known as the North Arabian Sea, supporting oil tanker escort under Operation Earnest Will [note 1]. The actual tanker escort was carried out by US Navy surface combatants such as…
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Thoughts on Radar Modes of the AWG-9

The AWG-9 radar in the F-14A Tomcat fighter had good capability including several modes for the RIO to choose from. This article describes some considerations.

Did the F-14 Tomcat Have Flight Controls in the Rear Cockpit?

This has to be one of the most common questions heard by former F-14 Radar Intercept Officers (RIOs). RIOs were the back-seaters who operated the F-14’s weapon system, were responsible for communication and navigation, and performed other aircrew duties. During a radar intercept the RIO directed the pilot, so he was “verbally flying” the aircraft.…
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