Missions

  • Tomcat FAM Block XIV Tomcat FAM Block XIV
    RIOs continue their training while the entire squadron prepares for the FAM Checkride. Each person will run through a mock Checkride by the numbers, before crewing up with their RIOs for Part II of Crew Coordination.  Exercises in this Block will cover successful employment of a BVR weapon against a drone, and LANTIRN use.
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  • Tomcat FAM Block XIII Tomcat FAM Block XIII
    Congratulations! Having passed your CQs, it won't be too much longer before you receive your Fleet Squadron assignments. But before that happens, there are a few more items to cover before your checkride. The RIO pipeline will get underway on Sunday with a dedicated classroom session, and pilots will be matched up with a RIO on Monday to begin crew coordination training.
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  • Tomcat FAM Block XII Tomcat FAM Block XII
    Gentlemen... Hop 12... Carrier Qualifications in the F-14 Tomcat have arrived. CQs are a time for naval aviators to prove they have the skills to safely launch and recover aboard the aircraft carrier. Each pilot must complete 5 launches and arrested landings to qualify. Each landing will be graded by a squadron LSO, and recorded on the Squadron "GREENIE BOARD".  The average score of these 5 traps will determine your final CQ grade.
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  • Tomcat FAM Block XI 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!
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  • Tomcat FAM Block X Tomcat FAM Block X
    FAM Block X offers pilots additional opportunity to become more comfortable with Air to Ground in the "Bombcat". Pilots will be able to assess their abilities to strike ground targets effectively in the F-14 through a bombing range exercise.
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  • Tomcat FAM Block IX 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".
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  • Tomcat FAM Block VIII Tomcat FAM Block VIII
    Gentlemen... it's time to take it up a level. Monday's hop will be about ACM... Air Combat Maneuvering. Dogfighting. We'll teach you to fly the F-14 like you've never flown before. This FAM Block is about combat. There are no points for second place. Remember, when it's over out there, we're all on the same team.
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