Tomcat FAM Block XV

This is it… you’ve reached the end of your training.  Now it’s time to show you’ve been paying attention and have acquired the necessary skills to fly combat missions with your Fleet Squadron. It’s FINAL CHECKRIDE time!

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 XV

SYLLABUS:

  • Final Checkride (to be completed as pilot by everyone)
    • Air to Air
    • Air to Ground
    • Air Refueling
    • CASE 1 Recovery

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