Grounding the Ayatollah’s Tomcats
On April 9, 1972, Iraq and the Soviet Union signed an historic agreement. The USSR committed to arming the Arab republic with the latest weaponry. In return for sending Baghdad guns, tanks and jet fighters, Moscow got just one thing — influence … in a region that held most of the world’s... Read more
Iraq Did All It Could to Kill Hashem All-e-Agha, Iran’s Top F-14 Pilot
Part two of two. Read part one. During the first four years of the Iran-Iraq War, one Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-14 pilot earned a fearful reputation — especially in Iraq. Amazingly enough, he remains entirely unknown to the public, even in Iran. This might unsurprising, considering Iran’s fascistic... Read more
Hashem All-e-Agha Was Iran’s Top F-14 Pilot
Part one of two. Read part two. During the first four years of the Iran-Iraq War, one Iranian F-14 pilot earned a fearful reputation — especially in Iraq. Amazingly enough, he remains entirely unknown to the public, even in Iran. This might seem unsurprising, considering Iran’s fascistic regime and its ongoing... Read more
‘I Still Can’t See Him!’
During the eight years of war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s, one Western-made aircraft distinguished itself by performing beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. The Grumman F-14 Tomcat, bought by the late Shah of Iran in the mid-1970s, carried the main weight of air-to-air engagements throughout the war. The... Read more
Does the U.S. Navy Need a 21st Century F-14 Tomcat?
While the requirement for a carrier-based long-range strike capability is a frequent subject of discussion around Washington, the U.S. Navy’s need for improved air superiority capabilities is often neglected. The service has not had a dedicated air-to-air combat aircraft since it retired the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in 2006. But even... Read more
Secretive F-14s Covered Commandos in Iraq in 2003
Early in the morning on March 19, 2003, U.S. Special Operations Forces infiltrated western Iraq to neutralize strategic radar and command installations. It was one of the first attacks of the American-led invasion — and it played out under the watchful gaze of a secretive detachment of aging but... Read more
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