Tomcat FAM Block XI

What ails you about the F-14? What has you lying awake at night losing sleep over? What is it that you’ve been unable to grasp up to this point? Is it AAR? CASE I Recoveries? Radar usage? Air-to-Air or Air-to-Ground? The Doctor is in next Monday.  Tell Zerocoolz what ails you, and he may just have a prescription for success!


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.



  • IP Zerocoolz (The Doctor) will poll each pilot in attendance to learn the item you need the most help with prior to Carrier Quals (CQs)
  • The Doctor will work with you during the evening, jumping into a jet or the backseat as needed
  • Conduct CASE 1 recoveries in preparation for upcoming CQs


  • Identify the one thing you need the most help with in the F-14.
  • How bout that… no videos this week!  YEA!

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