Wednesday, May 21, 2008

IRIAF F-14A Tomcat in action Pt. 1

The Iranian Air Force F-14 Tomcat is credited with over 130 air-to-air victories during the Imposed War (1980-88), making it one of the most successful fighers of all time. It is estimated that fifty are still flying for the IRIAF.


Unknown said...

Superb! any idea how many F 14s IRIAF operates?

Anonymous said...

79 airframes were delivered out of the 80 ordered. One was left behind in California as a casualty of the revolution and subsequent US embargo. About a dozen were lost or cannibalized in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) and another 4 lost to accidents. Most informed observers believe that Iran has about 55 air-worthy airframes and the refurbishment and avionic upgrades were started in 2000 with the intention of keeping the IRIAF F-14A fleet operational till 2015 when suitable replacement is found.