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The F-14 Tomcat in Combat

“F Arba Ashara! Yalla! Yalla!” In English, that’s “F-14! RUN! RUN!”. A common radio call for Iraqi fighter pilots in the Eighties.

The Tomcat made its combat debut during Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of American citizens from Saigon, in April 1975. F-14As from Fighter Squadron 1 (VF-1) and VF-2, operating from the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), flew combat air patrols over South Vietnam to provide fighter cover for the evacuation route. 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.

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Iran Versus the Flying Saucers

I recently did a post on the Iranian F-14 fleet. A Loyal Reader emailed a story that…seemed a little odd at first. After a brisk googling, it seems to have legs.

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Iranian Tomcats Get New Paint Job

F-14’s of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force could be sporting more than a new paint job. Back in 2007, The Lucky Puppy reported on the possibility that France might help Iran resurrect their Tomcat fleet.

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“I’ve Got a Great Polaroid of It”

Remember when Maverick was show boating with that MiG in “Topgun”? An Air Force pilot came pretty close to recreating that movie magic.

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