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A Tribute to Mighty F-14: See Tomcat Aircraft carrier Action & combat History

Today we will pay a Tribute to Mighty F-14 Tomcat – Tomcat Aircraft carrier Action

 

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. Tomcat served more than 34 years during that tenure the F-14 Tomcat transformed from analog fighter to digital precision attack platform.

In addition, The Tomcat came in three different models: A, B, and D.  with two

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F-14 Tomcat Cockpit view flying

Initially, tomcat used Pratt and Whitney TF-30 engine that have low thrust. So the required the pilot to run the afterburner when launching from the carrier later these engines was replaced by  General Electric F-110 engines

F-14 Tomcat Scenes from “The Final Countdown” HD Part1

The F-14 had its first kills in U.S. Navy on 19 August 1981 in the Gulf of Sidra incident. In that incident, Two F-14s from VF-41 Black Aces were engaged by two Libyan Su-22 “Fitters”

Furthermore both Su-22 was shot down Wing RIO Lt. Jim Anderson, Lead pilot Cdr. Hank Kleeman, Wing pilot Lt. Larry Muczynski and Lead RIO Lt. Dave Venlet was flying F-14s

A Tribute to Mighty F-14: See Tomcat Aircraft carrier Action & combat History

on 4 January 1989,U.S. Navy F-14s once again came head to head with the russian fighter jets but this thime they was against MIG-23 “Floggers” .Both migs were shot down  and the incident is known as  second Gulf of Sidra incident

 F-14 Tomcat Scenes from “The Final Countdown” HD Part2

Furthermore, Iranian ace Jalil Zandi shot down 11 Iraqi aircraft during the Iran–Iraq War, which makes him the most successful F-14 pilot by far.

A Tribute to Mighty F-14: See Tomcat Aircraft carrier Action & combat History

 F-14 Tomcat Scenes from “The Final Countdown” HD Part3

on 21 January 1991, The U.S. Navy suffered its only F-14 loss from the enemy action when BuNo 161430, an F-14A upgraded to an F-14A+, from VF-103 was shot down by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile while on an escort mission near Al Asad airbase in Iraq. Both crews survived ejection with the pilot being rescued by USAF Special Operation Forces.

The F-14 also achieved its final kill in US service, a Mi-8 “Hip” helicopter, with an AIM-9 Sidewinder.

 

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