Tomcat FAM Block VI

With the squadron passing their FCLP quals, the time has come to “Fly to the Boat”. In the classroom, Air-to-Air Weapons and Radar usage will be reviewed once more, with an introduction to the ACM weapon of choice, the AIM-9,  followed by an opportunity to practice employment in a live-fire range against drones.  The squadron will then perform their first of many CASE I recoveries aboard CVN-74.


The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy’s primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor, and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform well into the 2000s. The Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system added in the 1990s extended the Tomcat’s capability to perform precision ground-attack missions.

As a Tomcat pilot, you will be trained to operate the F-14 from the deck of a U.S. Navy supercarrier in support of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) mission to project U.S. military power and ensure freedom of navigation and maritime security.

Throughout the course of your training, you’ll learn how the F-14 handles in high and low speed configurations, how to employ the weapons systems, how to use Jester AI, how to refuel in-flight, how to handle an in-flight emergency, and most importantly, how to “trap”… recovery on the aircraft carrier.  You’ll also be introduced to similar and dissimilar dogfighting, as well as CASE III recoveries.

At the conclusion of primary flight training, an optional RIO supplement will be available for those seeking to fly in the backseat in a multi-crewed aircraft.



  • Classroom Learning: Review of Air-to-Air weapons and Radar usage.
  • Classroom Learning: CV Ops – Launch and Recovery aboard a CV.
  • Depart KNKX for A2A exercise
  • In-Flight Refueling practice as required
  • CASE I Recovery aboard CVN-74
  • Execute multiple Launch and Recovery cycles aboard CVN-74



  • Please review the newly released “Chuck’s Guide for the F-14B” – Parts 5 (Pg 171-178) & Parts 6 (Pg 185-208)
  • Mapped controls for Catapult Launch (Catapult Hook UP, Salute and Launch)


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