Tomcat FAM Block IX

The F-14 was designed to defend the U.S. Navy’s fleets from every airborne threat, packing the long range AIM-54 Phoenix missile for defense against bombers carrying standoff missiles. But for a brief period in the 1990s, the F-14 was used as a strike aircraft. The Navy’s retirement of the A-6 Intruders left a small capability gap until the new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets entered service, and the F-14 could carry more bombs than the new F/A-18C Hornet.  Grumman designed that capability into the aircraft, to a limited degree, showing the prototype carrying bombs, and flight tests conducted with a rack of 14 Mark 82 bombs. Enter the “Bombcat”.

INTRODUCTION

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.

FAM BLOCK IX

SYLLABUS:

  • Classroom Learning: Introduction to Air to Ground in the “Bombcat”
  • Depart CVN-74 for A2G practice at the Target range
  • Recover aboard CVN-74

REQUIRED PREREQUSITES FOR THIS FAM BLOCK :

  • The “DCSW-F-14 LANTRIN for Pilot” mod (available in OvGME) which allows the Pilot to control the LANTRIN pod
  • LANTRIN controls mapped to your HOTAS (Squadron TM Warthog Profile for F-14 has been updated with these mappings)
  • Please review the following videos ahead of time:

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