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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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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.

USAF Pilot Training Mini Documentary

This was an interesting video I ran across by accident. It’s essentially a series of short interviews/commentaries by young trainee USAF pilots from Vance Air Force Base (Class 17-08.) 28 officers started a year long training program in April 2016, to become USAF pilots. Long days & nights, studying and working 12 hours. It’s fascinating…
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