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Vampires Retire The Cat

SINCE THE merger in 1993 of US Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons 4 (VX-4) Evaluators and 5 (VX-5) ‘Vampires’ to form Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 (VX-9) ‘Vampires’, based at NAWS China Lake, California, the squadron has maintained a permanent F-14 Tomcat detachment at NAS Point Mugu, California. Under the direction of the Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR), the VX-9 F-14 detachment has supported US Navy fleet operation of the F-14 Tomcat. Underlying its key role of operational test and fleet support, VX-9 also had a reporting line to the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific, who

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USNs first female F-14 pilot killed

NAVY Lieutenant Kara S Hultgreen died on October 25,1994. when her F-l4 Tomcat crashed on a landing approach to the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln operating off the southern Californian coast of the United States. Hultgreen’s back-seater, Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) Lt Matthew P Klemish, ejected and was rescued. Lt Hultgreen (29), was the first woman naval aviator to check out as a combat-ready Tomcat pilot, and the first of the USN’s and USAF’s growing cadre of women combat pilots to lose her life while flying a fighter.

Hultgreen joined the Navy in 1987, when women were barred by Congressional policy

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Iran equip the F-14 interceptors with new missiles

Iran rearms its most modern fighter-interceptors with variable geometry wing F-14 «Tomcat» new missiles of the «air-air» of its development This agency said Tasneem, who stressed that the latest generation of missiles designed for substitution of obsolete U.S. missiles «air-» long-range AIM-54A «Phoenix» (Phoenix), set by the United States, coupled with the aircraft still in the Shah of Iran. This missile, cost 500 thousand dollars any notes Tasneem was capable of hitting targets at a distance of 185 km at a speed corresponding to the number M = 5. It provided the F-14 considerable merit destruction of enemy aircraft before,

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Iran equip the F-14 interceptors with new missiles

Iran rearms its most modern fighter-interceptors with variable geometry wing F-14 «Tomcat» new missiles of the «air-air» of its development This agency said Tasneem, who stressed that the latest generation of missiles designed for substitution of obsolete U.S. missiles «air-» long-range AIM-54A «Phoenix» (Phoenix), set by the United States with more planes in the Shah of Iran. This missile, cost 500 thousand dollars any notes Tasneem was capable of hitting targets at a distance of 185 km at a speed corresponding to the number M = 5. It provided the F-14 considerable merit destruction of enemy aircraft before, as he

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Iran equip the F-14 interceptors with new missiles

Iran rearms its most modern fighter-interceptors with variable geometry wing F-14 «Tomcat» new missiles of the «air-air» of its development This agency said Tasneem, who stressed that the latest generation of missiles designed for substitution of obsolete U.S. missiles «air-» long-range AIM-54A «Phoenix» (Phoenix), set by the United States in conjunction with the aircraft still in the Shah of Iran. This missile, cost 500 thousand dollars any notes Tasneem was capable of hitting targets at a distance of 185 km at a speed corresponding to the number M = 5. It provided the F-14 considerable merit destruction of enemy aircraft

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