Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Author: Tony Holmes
Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK
Probably best-known for its starring role in the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun, the US Navy’s Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, variable geometry, two-seat, carrier-based, air superiority fighter. The Tomcat was developed for the US Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. This workshop manual covers operating and maintaining this aircraft, and is filled with first-person insights into flying the Tomcat.
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Author: Dave Parsons, George Hall, Bob Lawson
Publisher: Zenith Imprint
For thirty-five years of active naval service, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the foremost air superiority fighter of the Cold War, with continuing service as a fighter-bomber in the Gulf Wars. Two hundred thousand sailors, both pilots and "ground" crew, served in F-14 squadrons with the Tomcat over its decades of flight.This book is a grand remembrance of this great aircraft by those who flew it. Hundreds of pilots have included their favorite stories of the missions and planes that brought them home. Two hundred exceptional color photographs show the F-14 on the deck, in the air, and over the sea.
Author: David F. Brown
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Tomcat Alley contains over seven-hundred images depicting the venerable F-14 Tomcat, bureau number by bureau number. Each U.S. Navy Tomcat is traced from date of delivery through February 1998. After a brief introduction, informative captions provide details concerning every Tomcat model, modification, and the fate of each aircraft including those stricken due to operational accidents, retired to the bone-yard, or resting as gate guards at military installations around the country. The majority of Tomcats are shown in full-color with images displaying every paint scheme worn by the F-14, including many water-based schemes applied during various tactical exercises and deployments. Images also include every squadron commanders aircraft, nose art, tail colors, over 150 patches and insignia, bicentennial schemes, and Tomcats which participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Additionally, the Su-22, MiG-23, and Hi-8 killers are depicted along with movie star Tomcats from Final Countdown, Topgun, and Executive Decision.
Since the limited Desert Fox campaign against Iraq in December 1998, the Tomcat has been integral to virtually all combat operations involving the US Navy in the Arabian Gulf. Indeed, on every carrier deployment to the Persian Gulf since Desert Fox, the F-14 unit(s) on station has ventured into 'The Sand Box' over southern Iraq and prosecuted targets operating in contravention to United Nations security council resolutions. This book covers the F-14 Operation Iraqi Freedom actions against battlefield targets and integrated air defence sites, command and control centres, regime leadership targets and military installations in Baghdad, Tikrit, Mosul and Kirkuk.
The legendary F-14 Tomcat was the weapon of choice to strike against the enemies of the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks, with F-14s flying thousands of bombing missions on al-Qaeda and Taliban positions. Written by aviation expert Tony Holmes, this book explores the F-14 pilots and aircraft involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, with insights into the tactical approach and strategic aims provided by officers. Exclusive access to mission reports, combat diaries, fullcolour artwork and photographs from the author's collection reveal the battle experiences of the most famous modern fast jet.
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Author: Jon Lake
Publisher: Airtime Pub
A heavily illustrated profile of the US Navy's fleet interceptor, including full development details, all variants, all weapons options, all unit operators and analysis of the Tomcat at war. Features hundreds of color photos plus highly accurate color artwork and technical diagrams. 200,000 words. Full color throughout.
So formidable an opponent did the Iraqi airforce consider the F-14 that during the Iran-Iraq war, they ordered their pilots not to engage F-14s and the presence of one in an area was usually enough to empty it of Iraqi aircraft. Officially losses where tiny; only one F-14 was lost in aerial combat (to a MiG-21), one to a control problem and one downed by a ground-to-air missile. This book looks at the F-14's Iranian combat history and includes first hand accounts from the pilots themselves. It will consider key engagements and the central figures involved, illustrating the realities, successes and failures of the Iranian air campaign.
Author: Erik Hildebrandt
Publisher: Clear Hot Media
For the past two years, while the sun was setting on the iconic F-14 Tomcat, aviation photographer and author Erik Hildebrandt has been capturing the final defining moments of the few remaining F-14 squadrons in the US Navy Fighter community. Anytime, Baby! is an unforgettable collection of final-phase Tomcat milestones captured and preserved forever in some of the most detailed and dynamic photographic compositions Hildebrandt has ever attempted. From riding along with VF-211, the last squadron to ever fly the F-14A, to flying with VF-32 on the last deployment of the F-14B in the Arabian Gulf in 2005, Hildebrandt has been witness to the end of an era. Anytime, Baby! is an important historic record as much as it is an artistic and beautiful tribute to the most popular American fighter in history. A true "must-have" addition for the aviation enthusiasts as well as former and current Navy and Marine Corp service personnel.
Grumman F-14 A/b/d Tomcat
Author: Danny Deboeck, Danny Coremans, Nico Deboeck
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Author: David Baker
Publisher: Crowood Press (UK)
Grumman F-14 TomcatBakerThe US Navys Top Gun fighter is beautifully profiled in this fully illustrated aviation treasure. Born out of political turmoil as a replacement for the F-4 Phantom, Grummans F-14 Tomcat is today an extremely capable and effective carrier-based air superiority fighter. In this exceptional work DavidBaker describes the Tomcats origins, design, development and operational use, and details the conti nuing improvements to its avionics, engines and weapons systems. Hdbd., 8 1/2x 11, 192 pgs., 2 bandwill., 21 color ill.
The US-designed and built McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is one of the most important Fourth Generation fighters in the world. Its twin-engine, twin-tails (canted outwards) and leading edge root extensions make it one of the most recognisable fighters in operation. The latest version is the enlarged Super Hornet. It was controversial in being chosen as the replacement for the much loved F-14 Tomcat, but the truth is that it is a potent and fearsome fighter that boasts one of the most capable radars in service (it can operate in both air and ground modes near-simultaneously) and a weapons loadout that takes full advantage of it. The Super Hornet currently performs the bulk of the Western world's airstrikes on the nefarious terrorist group 'ISIS' in Iraq and Syria.Developed initially by Northrop as the P-530 Cobra in response to the US Air Force's Light Weight Fighter competition (winner: the General Dynamics F-16), the Hornet had a troubled start in life. Designated the YF-17 for the LWF fly-off in 1974, it failed to impress the Air Force. However, contractor McDonnell Douglas stepped in confident that it could be improved sufficiently to make it a contender for the US Navy's new fighter competition. McAir, as was often the case, were right. Redesigned and redesignated the F/A-18 (fighter/attack), it won the competition and entered service with the US Navy as a carrier-borne, multi-role fighter, marking the beginning of the Hornet's journey from Air Force 'reject' to 'king' of the US Navy's Fleet Defenders.
By the autumn of 2001, the venerable F-14 Tomcat had been developed into a truly multi-role fighter-bomber thanks to the aircraft's awesome load-carrying capacity, legendary long range and the advent of a bolt-on targeting sensor pod for precision bombing. Although, by then, the F-14 was far from being in the flush of youth, it was given more mission tasking than any other aircraft embarked in a US carrier. Having successfully evolved into the 'Bombcat' over the previous decade, the F-14 went on to play a pivotal role in the US military's 'War on Terror' from 2001 through to its retirement in 2006\. Indeed, its contribution in Operations Enduring Freedom (2001-02) and Iraqi Freedom (2003-06) meant that the aircraft approached phasing out from US Navy fleet service with its claws well and truly bared. F-14 Tomcat in the War on Terror is heavily illustrated with photographs taken by the Naval Aviators that flew the jet in combat over Afghanistan and Iraq, complemented by professional images taken by US Navy photographers and the world's best civilian aviation photo-journalists. The author was given unique access to veterans of these campaigns upon their return to the USA, and he also embarked on board several aircraft carriers in-theatre during the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The images taken by those who flew the jet in combat during the War on Terror is what sets this book apart from other Tomcat titles.
The Skyraider became legendary for its ability to soak up battle damage and still keep flying. It was eventually replaced in the US Navy by the swept-wing jet A-6 Intruder and A-7 Corsair. Radar-equipped Skyraiders were operated by the Royal Navy (1951-62) as airborne early warning aircraft, while the French Air Force bought ex-US Navy Skyraiders for use in the Algerian War in the 1960s, and in the 1970s during the civil war in Chad where they were flown by French mercenary pilots.
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, highly maneuverable, all-weather tactical jet fighter, designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful of modern jet fighters with 104 aerial combat victories to its credit, with no losses (combined figure across all user-air forces). The F-15 Eagle first flew in July 1972 and entered service with the USAF in 1976. It is expected to remain in service with the USAF until 2025.