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  • The F-14 Tomcat

    If any plane needs a thread then it has to be the F-14.

    Currently one of the best planes opertional if not the best. It is in service with the USN and IRIAF. Both nations have used it in live combat in very mnay roles. The USN has used it for fleet defense, escort, strike, recce and to guide LGBs dropped by F/A-18s and the IRIAF used it for air combat missions and at least one strike mission.


    Weapons it has been cleared to launch
    AIM-54A/C
    AIM-7E/F/M
    R-73E (IRIAF)
    AIM-9P/L/M (any version)
    R-550 Mk.2 (IRIAF)
    JDAM (USN)
    Laser Guided Bombs (USN)

    Planes it has shot down
    MiG-25PD/RB/BM
    Mirage F-1EQ
    MiG-23MS/MF/ML/BN
    MiG-21MF/bis
    Tu-22B
    Tu-16
    H-6D
    Su-20/22M-3/4K

    It has also shot down C-601s, SS-N-2s, Exocets and Silkworms.

    The one plane that shot them down was the Mirage F-1EQ-6 which was in 2 dogfights towards the end of the war.


    To bad it is being phased out for such a bad replacement. Who knows maybe one day the "super horror" and F-14 will fight in live combat.
    To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

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    IRIAF F-14A.............
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    To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

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    • #3
      USN F-14.................
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      To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

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      • #4
        IIAF F-14A.............
        Attached Files
        To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

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        • #5
          I too bow to the mighty Tomcat, it is a horrible shame to see her leave the fleet.

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          • #6
            I love that plane. Has anyone here ever read Rivers of Babylon by Nelson Demille?
            Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

            Abusing Yellow is meant to be a labor of love, not something you sell to the highest bidder.

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            • #7
              My brother really liked the F-14 whilst I was a diehard Hawg fan. I do like the Tomcat though. It's a shame that they had to "discover" her air-to-ground capability so late in life.
              My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

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              • #8
                The day I found out I was going to VF14 to be a Top Hatter was one of the greatest days of my life. I crewed, or as the Navy called itwas the plane captain for aircraft 101 Buno 159618 from 1985 to 1989. There is no doubt that the F14 is the best long range stand off interceptor in the world today. Curiosly enough it has never fired an AIM54 in anger. Two cruises on the JFK in 85 and then in 88. Got some great pics guys.
                "Now we shall have ourselves a pell mell battle!" ......The Immortal Memory, Admiral Nelson

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                • #9
                  I've also got (or used to have) some nice F-14 Top Hatter pics, usually landing with that big black top hat on the tail. Love that insignia, it's got class :smoke
                  My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

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                  • #10
                    "Curiosly enough it has never fired an AIM54 in anger."

                    Actually they have. The IRIAF made a good deal of kills using the AIM-54A and the USN fired them at fleeing MiG-25RBs and missed.

                    "There is no doubt that the F14 is the best long range stand off interceptor in the world today."

                    It's more then just a AWG-9/APG-71 radar and a AIM-54 it has also made kills with the AIM-9, AIM-7 and even the guns. Plus it can bomb farther then any USN navy plane in service.
                    To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

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                    • #11
                      How would the bombcat compare to the A-6E?
                      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

                      Abusing Yellow is meant to be a labor of love, not something you sell to the highest bidder.

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                      • #12
                        "Curiosly enough it has never fired an AIM54 in anger. Two cruises on the JFK in 85 and then in 88. Got some great pics guys."

                        What Troung said, with the addition that the Mig-25's destroyed their engines in the process of escape by going overspeed.

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                        • #13
                          The MiG-25's also burned out their engines trying to reach SR-71 Blackbirds.
                          Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

                          Abusing Yellow is meant to be a labor of love, not something you sell to the highest bidder.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by M21Sniper
                            I too bow to the mighty Tomcat, it is a horrible shame to see her leave the fleet.
                            Nothing lasts forever my friend...and I too and crying in my Capt'n and Coke....but not too hard because the A-10 is still around
                            My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

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                            • #15
                              IRIAF F-14A...........
                              Attached Files
                              To sit down with these men and deal with them as the representatives of an enlightened and civilized people is to deride ones own dignity and to invite the disaster of their treachery - General Matthew Ridgway

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