A Tribute to Mighty F-14 Tomcat – Tomcat Aircraft carrier Action & combat History
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
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
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
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
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.
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