What war was the F-14 Tomcat?
The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American Teen Series fighters, which were designed incorporating air combat experience against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.
Did the F-14 see combat?
F-14s provided combat air patrols during Operation Fluid Drive, the evacuation of U.S. citizens from Beirut, Lebanon in 1976. Between 1982 and 1986, F-14s performed combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance in support of the Multinational Force in Lebanon and U.S. naval operations near the country’s coast.
Who still uses the F-14 Tomcat?
The F-14 Tomcat reconnaissance aircraft was developed by Northrop Grumman. The F-14 Tomcat aircraft is powered by two General Electric F110-GE-400 turbofan engines. The F-14 Tomcat aircraft is currently in service with Iran. F-14 entered service with the US Navy in 1972 and retired in September 2006.
How did Iran get F-14 Tomcat?
FIVE YEARS BEFORE THE 1979 Islamic Revolution transformed Iran, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a pilot who had earned his wings in 1946 flying a British Tiger Moth, arranged for Iran to purchase 80 Grumman F-14A Tomcats and 633 Hughes AIM-54 Phoenix missiles for $2 billion.
Are RIOs pilots?
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.
How many Tomcats are left?
Today Iran’s 40 or so surviving F-14s remain some of the best fighters in the Middle East. And since the U.S. Navy retired its last Tomcats in 2006, the ayatollah’s Tomcats are the only active Tomcats left in the world.
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|First flight||6 October 1977|
|Primary users||Russian Aerospace Forces Indian Air Force Uzbekistan Air and Air Defence Forces Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force Ukrainian Air Force|
What happened to the F-14 Tomcats in the Iraq War?
While trading shots with the MiG-25’s (The Tomcats were armed with AIM-9P Sidewinders), the F-14’s pressed the attack on the helicopters destroying a Mil-25 with cannon fire. After that, the entire Iraqi formation fled back into Iraq and the Tomcats were ordered not to pursue.
Is Tomcat a F-14 or F-7?
The Tomcat undertook flight tests last month and has now joined Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14’s fleet, said Mohammad Jafar Tak, commander of Shahid Babaei Airbase. The country has also overhauled a F-7 and PC-7. Noteworthy as we have recently explained IRIAF F-14s can carry several types of air-to-air missiles.
Did F-14 Tomcats ever shoot down a Su-22?
Tomcats of the U.S. Navy shot down two Libyan Su-22’s on 19 August 1981. But Iranian F-14’s had been blasting Iraqi MiGs out of the sky since September, 1980. First squadron of Iranian Pilots of F14 tomcats of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force at Shiraz Air Base. September, 1979.
How many MiG 23s did F-14 shoot down?
7 January, 1981- Two F-14’s engaged four Iraqi MiG 23’s at a range of 30 miles with a single AIM-54 Phoenix. When the lead MiG exploded, debris damaged and downed two more MiGs. The fourth was seen hauling ass and trailing smoke.