The aircraft was immortalized in the 1986 film Top Gun. Even today, the F-14 Tomcat isn’t something you’d want to see your potential adversaries flying – and yet around 40 of the aircraft are in service with the Iranian Air Force.Feb 11, 2021
|Received||in service as of 2020|
|Iran||32 F-4D 177 F-4E 16 RF-4E||63|
|Israel||274 F-4E 12 RF-4E||None|
|Japan||140 F-4EJ 14 RF-4EJ||None|
|South Korea||27 RF-4C 92 F-4D 103 F-4E||20+|
Current Active Inventory: 343 Aircraft
The following represents an overview of the modern aerial fighting capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (2021). The service currently counts 343 total units in its active aircraft inventory.
|F-4 Phantom II|
|Retired||1994 (United Kingdom) 1996 (U.S. combat use) 2013 (Germany) 2016 (U.S. target drone) 2021 (Japan)|
|Status||In limited service|
|Aircraft||Northrop F-5 Tiger II|
The Phantom’s low-altitude speed record of 903 mph was unbroken for sixteen years, its absolute speed record stood at 1606 mph, it held the sustained-altitude record of 66,444 feet, and it was once the highest-flying airplane in the world, zooming to an edge-of-heaven 98,557 feet, later actually leaping over 100,000.
|Primary user||Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force|
|Developed from||Northrop F-5 HESA Azarakhsh HESA Saeqeh|
quantity. On paper, Iran’s military has a number of advantages over Israel, particularly in the size of its military. Iran’s population of 84 million is much larger than the roughly 9 million people in Israel, allowing Iran to field an active-duty force of 525,000 troops, compared to Israel’s 170,000.
The plane is owned by an El Mirage aviation company. … Keenberg said the recycling company sold the planes to another scrap yard and lost track of them after that. The producer of “JAG,” said his company went through proper military channels when it acquired the retired F-14.
But then again, if it isn’t a flashback, then there must be some reason the F-14 jet is back in the sequel. Given the mainstream success of Top Gun, along with the commercial viability of Top Gun: Maverick, the F-14 Tomcat may have been unretired for nostalgic purposes.
More than 1,500 F-15s are in service worldwide with the US Air Force, US Air National Guard and the air forces of Israel, Japan and Saudi Arabia, including over 220 F-15E fighters.
As I quickly found out, the F-14A could fly single-engine, even with full fuel and a typical loadout. Our aircraft was configured with one AIM-54A Phoenix, two AIM-7F Sparrows, and two AIM-9L Sidewinders, along with the two Phoenix rails and two fuselage mounted drop tanks that we always carried on deployment.
September 22, 2006
So can any civilian buy a fighter plane? The answer is a surprising ‘yes! ‘. As soon as an airplane is demilitarized it can be bought by members of the general public.
Western sources estimate four kills against four to five losses; the official Iranian estimate is 35–45 kills, and 12 losses, all reportedly due to engine failure during combat.
|F-16 Fighting Falcon|
|Number built||4,604 (June 2018)|
|Variants||General Dynamics X-62 VISTA|
Only one other B-52 tail gunner had scored a successful kill against a Vietnamese fighter, though more than 30 B-52s had been shot down throughout the conflict.Aug 12, 2021
Iran is not known to currently possess weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and has signed treaties repudiating the possession of WMDs including the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
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