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  • Elite F-14 Flight Officer Explains Why The Tomcat Was So Influential

    07/24/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We sat at the end of the runway, our F-14's GE-110 motors humming, awaiting our clearance to begin what would be the last F-14 Demonstration ever. The Air Boss's voice crackled over the radio: "Tomcat Demo, you're cleared to five miles and 15k feet. The air show box is yours" At that very moment, I distinctly remember what my Commanding Officer told us before the show: "Fellas, make it a memorable one… just not too memorable!" LCDR Joe "Smokin" Ruzicka was the Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) to fly the last F-14 Demonstration before the Tomcat's final demise in 2006. Commander...
  • In the 1980s, Iran Outfitted F-14s as Heavy Bombers

    04/29/2014 4:30:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/28/2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    One Iranian Tomcat lobbed a 7,000-pound munition Nearly 30 years, ago, the Iranian air force modified its U.S.-built F-14 Tomcat fighters to carry air-to-ground ordnance—including, in one spectacular case, a massive, 3.5-ton bomb. Iran’s bitter enemy Iraq actually inspired the idea of outfitting the twin-engine, swing-wing F-14s as bombers. Iran and Iraq fought a bloody war between 1980 and 1988. Iraq’s most notorious interceptor and recon jets were also its most prolific bombers. Baghdad’s Soviet-supplied MiG-25 Foxbats could carry free-fall bombs and still reach Mach 2.5 at 60,000 feet. Using the advantage of speed and altitude, a MiG-25RB could release...
  • Tony Scott, Hank Kleeman, Kara Hultgreen and the F-14 Tomcat:...

    01/12/2014 6:10:37 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    theaviationist ^ | Sep 01 2012 | By David Cenciotti
    ...three (tragic) stories and a legendary plane Few days ago, Dario Leone, a long time reader and a huge F-14 Tomcat fan, sent me an email to point out what he had noticed about the date Tony Scott, the famous director of “Top Gun”, chose to commit suicide. He had observed that Aug. 19 was the 31th anniversary of the day when two F-14s downed two Libyan fighters in 1981 (something that Scott, most probably, didn’t even know) and provided some interesting news about the fate of the two Tomcats involved in the dogfight and their crew members. “Top Gun...
  • Iranian F-14 Tomcat’s “new” indigenous air-to-air missile is actually an (improved?) AIM-54

    09/27/2013 1:22:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 26 2013
    Iranian F-14 Tomcat’s “new” indigenous air-to-air missile is actually an (improved?) AIM-54 Phoenix replica Among the hardware on display during the annual military parade in Tehran, on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, Iran not only displayed a new indigenous passive phased array radar system for detecting stealth targets and cruise missiles, but it also showed the country’s latest home-made missile productions, including the Fakour-90. The Fakour-90 missile is one of the latest “state-of-the-art productions” of the Iranian Armed Forces which can be mounted on F-14 fighter jets. It’s almost identical to the AIM-54 Phoenix and, more than a brand new missile,...
  • Spitfire vs Bf 109 and F-14 vs Su-27: the difference is always the pilot

    06/02/2013 1:37:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 79 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | May 31, 2013 | Dario Leone
    Spitfire vs Bf 109 and F-14 vs Su-27: the difference is always the pilot May 31, 2013 Not always the best aircraft is the one that wins in an air-to-air engagement. Most of the times it is the training the pilot has received and his/her skills, experience to make the difference: that’s why a well trained pilot with a less capable aircraft can defeat a more powerful plane piloted by a scarcely trained airman. During World War II two of the most successful fighters of aviation history faced one against the other, in a duel that began over the coasts...
  • Ten years ago today: the U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat’s attack on Saddam’s yacht

    03/28/2013 8:03:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | March 27, 2013 | Dario Leone
    Ten years ago today: the U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat’s attack on Saddam’s yacht Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was a huge success for the U.S. Navy’s F-14 squadrons: over Iraq, Tomcat pilots and radar intercept officers (RIO) flew different kinds of missions such as air defense, precision bombing, FAC (A) – forward air control airborne, strike coordination and reconnaissance (SCAR) and photo-reconnaissance. Among the squadrons that took part to OIF there was the VF-2 “Bounty Hunters” that were embarked on the USS Constellation (CV-64). Some of their Tomcats were equipped with the Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) for recce missions,...
  • Thirty minutes to choose your fighter jet: how the Shah of Iran chose the F-14 Tomcat over the F-15

    02/11/2013 11:44:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | February 11, 2013 | Dario Leone
    Thirty minutes to choose your fighter jet: how the Shah of Iran chose the F-14 Tomcat over the F-15 Eagle February 11, 2013 Despite all the skepticism about the actual airworthiness of Iran’s new stealth fighter “Qaher 313″, one thing is certain: Iran is still flying the iconic Grumman F-14. More than 6 years after its last flight with the U.S. Navy, the Tomcat is still in service in a small number of examples with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), to such an extent, Iran has recently tested a brand new air-to-air missile dubbed “Fakour”, for the...
  • Isfahan Air Base handling maintenance, overhaul of Tomcats (Iran)

    11/07/2011 4:25:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Isfahan Air Base handling maintenance, overhaul of Tomcats Isfahan, Nov. 6, IRNA – Isfahan's Shahid Babaie Air Base is unique in its kind worldwide in terms of maintenance and overhaul of F14 fighter jets (tomcat). Commander of the Air Base, Brigadier Ali-Reza Barkhor told IRNA on Sunday that his Base is the only center for training pilots for fixed wing planes of the Islamic Republic Army. He said his Base is also handling flights F14 planes after 33 years of sanctions which indicates high experience of Air Force technicians. The commander said the flight of such warplanes is of significance...
  • Iran Uses F-14 Squadrons for Air Defense

    09/14/2011 4:27:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FARS News Agency ^ | 2011-09-14
    Iran Uses F-14 Squadrons for Air Defense TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran uses its F-14 fighter jets for air-defense missions, a senior Iranian air defense commander said, adding that the aircraft has gone under a relevant set of tests in the ongoing air drills in Northwestern Iran. Speaking to FNA, Deputy Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base for Inspection Colonel Abolfazl Farmahini said that F-14 fighter jets participated in the 'Fadaeeyan-e Harim-e Vellayat III' air drills as part of the country's integrated air defense plan, "and that's why they are operating under the Khatam ol-Anbia base". "These planes are used as...
  • Iranian Air Force Equips F-14 Fighter Jets with Hi-Tech Radars

    05/01/2011 7:05:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Iranian Air Force Equips F-14 Fighter Jets with Hi-Tech Radars TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force has equipped all its F-14 fighter jets with highly advanced radars, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri announced on Sunday. "The radar system of these fighters are highly complicated because it consists of a set of separated parts which should be linked to each other when they are mounted on the fighter jet, and this is a very complex scientific and technological process," Amiri told FNA. "Our radars used to be mainly American and British in the...
  • The Black Aces and President Reagan

    02/05/2011 8:47:01 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    KFSN-TV Fresno, CA ^ | 2/5/2011 | Nancy Osborne
    This week marks the 100th birthday celebration of the late President Ronald Reagan. And his library in the southern California city of Simi Valley has been buzzing with celebrities, politicians and well wishers. I had the opportunity to travel there and learn the ties between one N.A.S. Lemoore squadron and Mr. Reagan's presidency. And how four members of today's Navy came to serve America's 40th president after his death. When the fighter jets are training over the skies above of the Naval Air Station those call the roar they make 'The Sound of Freedom'. And in this place that is...
  • U.S. DoD Retro-Photo of the Day: The Awesome...The Magnificent...The Mighty U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat!

    11/21/2010 10:39:13 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 20 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | February 1, 1991 | U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
    Operation Desert Storm, 1 February 1991 -- A U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat fighter jet (assigned to Fighter Squadron 211 (VF-211) at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia) flies over burning Kuwaiti oil wells. Via (medium, large)  
  • Video: Iranian Tomcats Still Effective

    11/01/2010 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Fennie · 27 replies
    Key Aero ^ | November 1, 2010 | By Gary Parsons
    A video release on YouTube shows that the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) has a number of Grumman F-14 Tomcats operational with locally-produced parts. The Iranian news agency FNA reports that the aircraft have been fitted with a locally-produced radar system and could carry 2,000lb (900kg) GBU-78/A Qassed (Messenger) 'smart' bombs.
  • Much of Iran's Air Force still limited to 1970s-era U.S. systems

    05/03/2010 10:10:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 577+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | Geostrategy Direct
    Iran was said to have encountered difficulties in modernizing its Air Force. The U.S. intelligence community has determined that the Iranian Air Force was hampered in several areas of modernization of its 1970s-era U.S.-origin platforms. The Defense Intelligence Agency assessed that the Air Force was blocked in such areas as airborne early-warning and control as well as precision-guided munitions. "The IRIAF [Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force] remains largely dependent on 1970's-era U.S. aircraft like the F-4 Phantom II, the F-14A Tomcat, and the F-5E Tiger II," DIA said in a report titled "Iran's Military Power." The report, released to...
  • Commander Stresses Iran's Capability to Overhaul, Optimize Fighter Jets

    04/20/2010 8:58:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 456+ views
    FARS News ^ | 4/20/2010 | FARS News
    An Iranian Air Force commander announced here on Tuesday that the country overhauls and optimizes different types of military aircraft, mentioning that Air Force has even installed Iran-made radar systems on the sophisticated F14 fighter jets. "Indeed, it can be said that most airplanes have the previous designs but all of their components, including systems and parts, are being optimized and upgraded on a continued and regular basis," Iranian Air Force Lieutenant Commander for Coordination General Aziz Nasirzadeh said in an interview with FNA on Tuesday. The commander stated that mounting optimized home-made 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) smart bombs, Qassed (Messenger), on...
  • Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Military Aircraft Parts to Iran

    04/02/2009 2:53:40 PM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 452+ views
    US DOJ.GOV/opa - Press Release ^ | April 2, 2009 | n/a
    April 2, 2009 Note: The following text is a quote: Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Export Military Aircraft Parts to Iran WASHINGTON – Traian Bujduveanu has pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida to a charge of conspiring to illegally export military and dual use aircraft parts to Iran. Bujduveanu appeared on behalf of himself and his now defunct corporation, Orion Aviation, in federal court in Miami today to announce his guilty plea. Bujduveanu’s co-defendant, Hassan Keshari, and his corporation, Kesh Air International, pleaded guilty in January 2009, and are awaiting sentencing. The guilty plea was announced...
  • On A Wing And A Prayer (Great oldie but goodie true Navy Aviation and "guy" story)

    09/02/2008 6:50:59 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 4 replies · 203+ views
    e-mail this am ^ | September 20, 1999 | Rick Riley
    <p>Someday you may be invited to fly in the backseat of one of your country's most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have -- John Elway, John Stockton, Tiger Woods to name a few. If you get this opportunity, let me urge you, with the greatest sincerity....</p>
  • Two Charged With Conspiracy To Export Aircraft Parts To Iran (F-14,CH-53,AH-1)

    06/27/2008 10:55:30 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 21 replies · 337+ views
    Aero News Network ^ | Sat, 28 Jun '08
    Two men were recently arrested on charges of conspiring to export military aircraft parts to Iran. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency states Hassan Saied Keshari and Traian Bujduveanu are charged in a federal Criminal Complaint with conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the United States Iran Embargo, and the Arms Export Control Act for their participation in a conspiracy to export US-made military aircraft parts to Iran. According to the affidavit filed in support of the Criminal Complaint, Keshari owns and operates Kesh Air International, a business located in Novato, CA. Bujduveanu owns and operates...
  • USN Photo of the Day: Meet Sir Authority, Sir Power, Sir Fear-Me -- Meet The F-14D Super Tomcat!

    United States Navy Pilot Lieutenant Commander David Burnham and Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Lieutenant Commander Bruce Defibaugh attached to Fighter Squadron Two (VF-2), bring their [transonic] F-14D "Super Tomcat" through the sound barrier during an air-power demonstration with USS Constellation (CV 64) battlegroup on 10 July 1999. Large or medium photo via (photo 10). Image ID: 990710-N-6483G-001 PhotographerEnsign John Gay, United States Navy
  • Iranian Man Sentenced For Exporting US Military Aircraft Parts To Iran

    05/11/2008 3:49:49 AM PDT · by Fennie · 6 replies · 185+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | By Jim Kouri
    An Iranian-born United States citizen was sentenced here yesterday in US District Court to two years in prison and six months of home confinement for illegaly exporting US military aircraft parts to Iran via associates in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. Reza Tabib, 52, of Irvine, CA, pleaded guilty in June 2006 to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which prohibits the export and re-export to Iran of certain items of US origin. The prosecution is the result of a joint investigation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). In...
  • Iranian F-14s Fly Again

    01/31/2008 8:59:55 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 413+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 31, 2008
    Iranian F-14s Fly Again January 31, 2008: The U.S. has now forbidden the sale of any F-14 aircraft components. This is to prevent Iran from getting any parts with which to keep its dwindling fleet of F-14s operational. All surplus F-14s, and F-14 components, must be destroyed. The U.S. Navy has been doing that, since last year, to the retired F-14s it has. It is believed that Iran has restored at least three of its three-decade old F-14A jets to operational status. More F-14As are to be restored this year. There is, however, the matter of credibility and capability. For...
  • U.S. moves to keep F-14 parts from Iran

    01/29/2008 2:44:37 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 1,077+ views
    Yahoo | AP ^ | 1/28/08 | Sharon Theimer
    WASHINGTON - President Bush signed legislation Monday prohibiting the Pentagon from selling leftover F-14 fighter jet parts, a move prompted by security gaps in the military's surplus auction. Those gaps made the surplus auction a prime place for Iran to shop for the spares it desperately needs for its Tomcat fleet. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., proposed the ban after The Associated Press reported last year that buyers for Iran, China and other countries exploited weaknesses in Pentagon surplus-sale security to obtain sensitive military equipment including parts for F-14s and other aircraft and for missile components....
  • Charges: 2 Tried to Export F-14 Parts

    10/07/2007 7:00:17 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies · 556+ views
    Newsvine/AP ^ | Oct 7, 2007
    Charges: 2 Tried to Export F-14 Parts Oct 7, 2007 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah men are accused of trying to illegally export surplus pieces of F-14 fighter jets, a plane that is flown only in Iran. Abraham Trujillo, 61, and David Waye, 22, both of Ogden, are alleged to have tried exporting the parts to Canada, but the charges don't specify how they supposedly got the parts and don't list all buyers. Federal agents placed online orders, then intercepted the goods before they made it out of the country, the charges said. Trujillo and Waye were charged...
  • Pair accused of peddling parts from F-4,F-14 fighters over the Web

    10/06/2007 4:40:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 948+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune,Utah ^ | 10/05/2007 | Nate Carlisle
    Pair accused of peddling pieces from F-4, F-14 aircraft over the Internet By Nate Carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune 10/05/2007 12:09:12 PM MDT Federal prosecutors on Friday announced charges against two Ogden men accused of illegally selling parts for fighter jets over the Internet. Abraham Trujillo, 61, and David Waye, 22, both are charged with three counts of illegal arms exporting in federal court in Salt Lake City. The U.S. attorney's office says federal immigration agents discovered a Web site with listings of F-14 parts offered by Trujillo and his Ogden business, NSN Specialists. Over the next several months in...
  • Iran upgrading its F-14s, testing GPS-guided smart bombs

    08/30/2007 9:00:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies · 1,330+ views
    World Tribune ^ | August 30,2007
    Iran upgrading its U.S. F-14s, testing GPS-guided smart bombs LONDON — Iran says it has succeeded both in restoring its F-14 fighter-jet fleet to operational service and in developing its own GPS-guided smart bomb. Industry sources said Iranian defense firms have been overhauling and upgrading F-14A fighter-jets. They said the Defense Ministry has overseen a serial production line for F-14 overhaul. The ministry has administered a project by the state-owned Iranian Aircraft Industries Complex to enhance the F-14As, Middle East Newsline reported. The sources said the project began in 2007, and since May three F-14As were upgraded. In 1972, Iran...
  • Pentagon Sold Plane Parts Sought By Iran: Report

    08/03/2007 10:36:00 AM PDT · by Fennie · 14 replies · 551+ views
    Iran Focus ^ | August 3, 2007
    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has mistakenly sold the public about 1,400 aircraft parts that Iran is known to be seeking for its aging fleet of U.S. F-14 "Tomcat" fighter planes, according to a government report. The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, told lawmakers the aircraft parts were subject to controls that should have kept them from the public but that a technical glitch allowed for their sale. The Pentagon suspended the sale of all F-14 related parts, including simple nuts and bolts, in January. But the GAO said the aircraft parts were sold to unidentified...
  • GAO says Pentagon accidentally sold hundreds of F-14 parts

    08/03/2007 7:09:09 AM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 409+ views
    AP ^ | 01 Aug 2007 | AP
    The Pentagon accidentally sold to the public more than a thousand aircraft parts that could be used on the F-14 fighter jet -- a plane flown only by Iran -- after saying it had halted such sales, government investigators say. In a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, says the Defense Department has greatly improved security in its surplus sales program to prevent the improper selling of sensitive items. However, GAO investigators found that roughly 1,400 parts that could be used on F-14 "Tomcat" fighter jets were sold to...
  • Swift, deadly F-14 Tomcats being shredded into bits at D-M 'boneyard'

    07/03/2007 4:24:12 PM PDT · by IonImplantGuru · 97 replies · 3,936+ views
    ARIZONA DAILY STAR [TUCSON] ^ | 3JUL07 | Sharon Theimer
    A mechanical monster grabs the F-14 fighter jet and chews through one wing and then another, ripping off the Tomcat's appendages before moving on to its guts. Finally, all that's left is a pile of shredded rubble — like the scraps from a Thanksgiving turkey. Within a workday, a $38 million fighter jet that once soared as a showpiece of U.S. air power can be destroyed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, home to the military's "boneyard" for retired aircraft. The Pentagon is paying a contractor at least $900,000 to destroy old F-14s, a jet affectionately nicknamed "the turkey," rather than...
  • Jets Shredded, Kept Away From 'Bad Guys'

    07/02/2007 8:04:58 AM PDT · by HEY4QDEMS · 58 replies · 2,200+ views
    Comcast News ^ | 7/2/2007 | SHARON THEIMER
    WASHINGTON - A mechanical monster grabs the F-14 fighter jet and chews through one wing and then another, ripping off the Tomcat's appendages before moving onto its guts. Finally, all that's left is a pile of shredded rubble _ like the scraps from a Thanksgiving turkey. The Pentagon is paying a contractor at least $900,000 to destroy old F-14s, a jet affectionately nicknamed "the turkey," rather than sell the spares at the risk of their falling into the wrong hands, including Iran's. Within a workday, a $38 million fighter jet that once soared as a showpiece of U.S. airpower can...
  • F-14 Parts, Anyone?

    06/01/2007 12:51:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies · 906+ views
    F-14 Parts, Anyone? How Iran obtains restricted military technology from the Defense Dept. To friends and family, Reza Tabib had seemed an inspiration, proof an immigrant could launch life anew. The son of an Iranian judge, Tabib was a flight instructor at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. He spoke four languages and could be counted on for level-headed advice, and a laugh. Agents with the Pentagon's Defense Criminal Investigative Service discovered Tabib had another talent: procuring restricted aircraft and missile parts for the Iranian military. On May 7, a federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., sentenced Tabib, 52,...
  • 4 F-14s seized at Southland airports

    03/07/2007 9:48:10 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 70 replies · 2,418+ views
    LA TIMES ^ | 3/7/07 | Maeve Reston and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
    Federal agents seized four F-14 Tomcat fighters in San Bernardino County on Tuesday — three from airplane museums — after investigators determined that the jets were not demilitarized and were improperly sold or transferred to private companies, including the producer of the TV show "JAG," authorities said. When the jets were retired in the mid-1990s at the Naval Air Station at Point Mugu, Navy officials failed to ensure that the aircraft were stripped of military hardware, according to a court affidavit filed by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Three of the fighter jets then were sold, in "unauthorized...
  • Pentagon stops F-14 parts sales amid Iran concerns

    01/30/2007 4:30:03 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 3,424+ views
    reuters ^ | Jan 30, 2007 6:55pm ET138 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday said it had stopped selling surplus parts for the F-14 fighter jet, saying it was the "right thing to do," given congressional concerns that some parts could land in the hands of Iran. Iran, which is facing strong Western opposition to its nuclear program, is the only country still flying the F-14, also called the Tomcat, since the U.S. military retired the plane in July. The Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency said it halted sales of certain sensitive F-14 parts in February 2006, but the ban now covered all F-14 parts until the government...
  • Pentagon Halts Sale Of F-14 Parts

    01/30/2007 4:28:14 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 1,026+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-30-2007 | Sharon Theimer
    Pentagon Halts Sale of F-14 Parts Tuesday January 30, 2007 11:31 PM By SHARON THEIMER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon said Tuesday it had halted sales of spare parts from its recently retired F-14 fighter jet fleet, even as lawmakers pledged tougher oversight of the military's surplus sales to stop buyers for Iran and other countries from acquiring gear. Sales of F-14 parts were suspended last Friday pending a comprehensive review, said Defense Logistics Agency spokesman Jack Hooper said. ``It was the prudent thing to do,'' he said. The review will examine Pentagon policy for handling the...
  • Tailfin Travels (F-14 Tomcat Crashes in Gulf of Mexico in 2002, Washes Ashore in Ireland in 2006)

    12/06/2006 5:19:35 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 24 replies · 1,553+ views
    With the final retirement of the Tomcat in the fall of last year, no airworthy examples of Grumman’s ultimate ‘Cold War’ fighter now remain in active service with the US Navy. However, some 70 plus airframes are on display at various museums in 25 states from Florida in the southeast to Washington in the northwest -- and Hawaii is due to receive an ex-VF-31 jet in 2007. Yet despite the F-14 performing on a global stage for more than 30 years, the only Tomcats to be found outside of the USA are the 44 A-models currently operated by the Islamic...
  • USN Retro-Photo of the Day: The heart beats faster at the sight of 22 F-14 Tomcats flying overhead

    10/18/2006 9:49:40 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 13 replies · 2,154+ views
    Awesome, beautiful view of twenty-two U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat fighters with Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) flying in formation -- "The Wedge Formation" -- over NAS Oceana on 10 March 2006. Photographer: Paul Tiller, The Story and More CVW-8 Homecoming Photos by Paul Tiller "The Last Cat home... is not a pussy!" ( (photo gallery)
  • Russia hands over powerful warship to China

    09/28/2006 8:46:48 AM PDT · by Republicain · 40 replies · 1,671+ views
    ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russia handed over to China a destroyer equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry on Thursday, finalising a $1.5 billion deal analysts say boosts Beijing's clout in its stand-off with Taiwan. "The handover act was signed today, and a Chinese flag was hoisted on the ship," a Russian defence industry source told Reuters, requesting anonymity. The warship was the fourth Project 956E 'Sovremenny' (Modern) class destroyer built at the Northern Shipyard in Russia's second city St Petersburg and sold to China under a 2002 deal through Russia's state arms trader Rosoboronexport. In the late 1990s China bought two...
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: Goodbye, F-14 Tomcat. We miss you. Thank you for defending the U.S.A.

    09/23/2006 9:34:37 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 26 replies · 3,304+ views
    United States Navy -- Eye on the Fleet ^ | January 15, 2006 | Lithographer's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder
    060115-N-7571S-002 Persian Gulf, 15 January 2006 - An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) sits parked on the flight deck aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Photographer Lithographer's Mate 3rd Class Jonathan Snyder, United States Navy Via
  • Navy's 'Top Gun' jet takes final flight

    09/23/2006 8:40:26 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 42 replies · 1,535+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 7/22/206 | SONJA BARISIC
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The F-14 Tomcat, the dogfighting Cold War fighter jet immortalized in the movie "Top Gun," made its ceremonial final flight Friday in a display that suggested the timing was right for retirement. Pilot Lt. Cmdr. David Faehnle and radar intercept officer Lt. Cmdr. Robert Gentry gave a final salute from inside their cockpit before aircraft no. 102 taxied down the runway and out of sight at Oceana Naval Air Station. The plane that actually took off as thousands applauded and whistled, however, was aircraft no. 107, with Lt. Cmdr. Chris Richard at the controls and intercept...
  • Live Thread: Last F-14 flight

    09/21/2006 11:22:56 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 39 replies · 5,814+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/21/06
    CNN Pipeline #4 showing live feed of last USN F-14 Tomcat flight. Crew is turning on engines now.
  • Farewell F-14 Tomcat - Sunset Party Sept. 20-23

    09/13/2006 7:10:28 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 17 replies · 1,090+ views
    Tomcat Sunset ^ | 09/11/2006 | Generalized Website
    The Tomcat Sunset Committee is a nonprofit, nonfederal entity established to plan and execute the farewell ceremonies for the F-14 Tomcat in September, 2006. The Committee is chaired by Rear Admiral Fred Lewis, USN (Ret) and includes retired military and industry representatives associated with the Tomcat legacy. snip Ratheon and Northrop Grumman are the main sponsors of this event. See the website for details. Here's an awesome video of the Tomcat Goodbye to a great aircraft!
  • Iran's Mix-and-Match Air Force Still May Have Bite

    09/11/2006 4:58:10 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 56 replies · 2,162+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | 9/11/2006 | Doug Barrie & Andy Nativi
    Iran's Mix-and-Match Air Force Still May Have Bite Aviation Week & Space Technology 09/11/2006 Authors: Douglas Barrie and Andy Nativi Israel's 1981 strike against Iraq's Osirak nuclear site was achieved without loss of any aircraft. But it is far from guaranteed that an attack intended to degrade any Iranian nuclear weapons program would have the same outcome. The Iranian air force inventory is a mix of Western, Russian and Chinese combat aircraft--most of them obsolescent. Any spares for Western aircraft will have to be bought surreptitiously, or be work-arounds found using local technology because an arms embargo remains in place....
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing

    08/07/2006 5:12:47 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 49 replies · 118,517+ views
    United States NavyNews- Eye On the Fleet ^ | July 28, 2006 | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Laird, USN
    Photo #1: 060728-N-7241L-026 Atlantic Ocean (July 28, 2006) - An F-14D Tomcat, aircraft number 100, assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) makes a near supersonic fly-by above the flight deck of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The F-14 will officially retire in September 2006, after 32 years of service to the fleet. Theodore Roosevelt is completing Joint Task Force Exercises with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Laird (RELEASED). Caption Source: - Big Image Link: Photo #2: 060728-N-7241L-015 Atlantic Ocean (July 28, 2006)...
  • Tale of jet tail begins off Florida, ends on Irish coast (Tail of F-14 Tomcat)

    05/10/2006 6:32:14 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 1,227+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 5/10/06 | JACK DORSEY
    Jane Melia and Charlie Coughlan look at the tail section of an F-14 Tomcat from Oceana Naval Air Station that washed ashore at Long Strand near Owenahincha, Ireland, on May 5. DENIS MINIHANE PHOTOS / THE IRISH EXAMINER By JACK DORSEY, The Virginian-Pilot © May 10, 2006 NORFOLK — A tail section from an F-14 Tomcat discovered on a beach in Ireland came from an Oceana-based plane that crashed 3½ years ago off Key West, Fla., the Navy confirmed Tuesday. How it got at least 4,900 miles away, no one knows for certain.As if it had been a corked...
  • Last F-14 to Fly Combat Mission Comes to NAS Pensacola

    04/21/2006 5:42:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,601+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Megan Kohr
    NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The last F-14 Tomcat to fly a combat mission over Iraq made its final flight from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to Naval Air Station Pensacola April 13. The Tomcat will be immortalized at the National Museum of Naval Aviation here as the final decommissioning stages close and training for its replacement, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, continue. “Bittersweet,” is how Lt. Cmdr. Mark Stufflebeem, the aircraft’s pilot, referred to the final mission. “We were the last aircraft from our squadron to leave, because we’ve had aircraft go to a lot of museums around...
  • The F-14 (Headsup! on History Channel TONIGHT 3-21-06)

    03/21/2006 4:00:59 PM PST · by VOA · 28 replies · 818+ views
    History Channel; "Modern Marvels" ^ | 3-21-06 | (uncredited)
    from the "Modern Marvels" of the History Channel website: October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal US jets rain down onto Afghanistan. One powerful and deadly plane led the majority of the assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the world's most complete military fighter. No other fighter jet carries the F-14's unique combination of weapons. Its state-of-the-art system can spot an oncoming enemy plane at almost 200 miles. Its radar can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as 80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the radar of any other fighter jet. TVPG
  • Tomcat (F-14) Tribute

    03/16/2006 5:21:45 AM PST · by elc · 5 replies · 332+ views
    Awesome video of a truly awesome jet! F-14 Video
  • 'Top Gun' Jets Retired By U.S. Navy [quadrons VF-213 and VF-31 arrived in style, flying together...]

    03/10/2006 4:40:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 987+ views
    'Top Gun' Jets Retired By U.S. Navy F-14s To Be Replaced By Super Hornets POSTED: 5:52 pm EST March 10, 2006 UPDATED: 7:18 pm EST March 10, 2006 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The last two squadrons of the Tomcat -- the sleek, Cold War fighter jet -- returned home from their final deployment Friday, two decades after the warplanes were glamorized in the 1986 Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun." All 22 Tomcats of fighter squadrons VF-213 and VF-31 arrived in style, flying together in a wedge formation over Oceana Naval Air Station as hundreds of sailors and their family and...
  • 'Top Gun' jets return from final combat

    03/10/2006 9:33:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 55 replies · 1,366+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | March 10, 2006 | SONJA BARISIC
    ASSOCIATED PRESS VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- There will be no more dogfights for the Tomcat. The last two squadrons of the sleek, Cold War fighter jet returned home from their final deployment Friday, two decades after the warplanes were glamorized in the 1986 Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun." All 22 Tomcats of fighter squadrons VF-213 and VF-31 arrived in style, flying together in a wedge formation over Oceana Naval Air Station as hundreds of sailors and their family and friends cheered. Some wore T-shirts reading "Tomcats Forever" and a banner proclaimed, "Last Fly-In, Baby!" "We're putting the premier fighter to...
  • Navy Tomcat Squadrons on Final Flight Home [final deployment Cold War-era fighter jet]

    03/07/2006 5:51:33 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 81 replies · 1,802+ views
    LA Times ^ | March, 7 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
    <p>The Navy's last two squadrons of F-14 Tomcats are heading home, ending the final combat deployment of the Cold War-era fighter jet. The Tomcats will be replaced by F/A-18 Super Hornets.</p>
  • F-14D high speed pass, USS Theodore Roosevelt

    01/01/2006 10:52:41 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 5 replies · 371+ views
    United States Navy ^ | 30 December 2005 | Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird
    051230-N-7241L-006 Persian Gulf (Dec. 30, 2005) - An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the "Tomcatters" of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) performs a high-speed fly-by past USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The nuclear powered aircraft carrier and embarked Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) are underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations (MSO) and close-air-support missions under Operation Iraqi Freedom.U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Nathan Laird (RELEASED)