F-14 Tomcat vs MiG-23 Dogfight

On January 4, 1989, near the Libya coast, Two F-14s from the USS John F. Kennedy are alerted to a pair of Libyan MiG-23 Floggers. The MiG-23s had taken off from Al Bumbaw Airfield near Tobruk. The F-14 Tomcats locked the MiGs with their powerful AWG radar. Normally such a radar lock resulted in the MiGs retreating back to Libya, not this time. The Tomcats were threatened by AA-7 Apex missiles and were cleared to engage the MiGs. During a lengthy six to eight minute air battle, the MiGs continued to threaten the Tomcats and finally, after several attempts to evade the MiG radar threat, the incoming pair of MiG-23s were declared hostile and the F-14 crews were cleared to engage. The crew of the lead F-14A, fired an AIM-7 Sparrow missile which did not stike its target, while the second F-14A AIM-7 missile found its target, destroying one of the MiG-23s. The lead F-14 re-engaged the remaining MiG-23 firing an AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missile which detonated in the tailpipe of the MiG. Both MiG-23 pilots ejected safely from their destroyed jets. No future Libya MiG-23s ever engaged another U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat.

The Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a Navy long-range fighter interceptor and served the Navy well from 1974 - 2006, as a air superiority fighter. The F-14 Tomcat was retired by the Navy in December, 2006, and the F-18 Super Hornet is filling it's shoes today.

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Author Abreu Fernando (3 months)
I have no time to research about if the related event is true or not, but
supposing it's true, i can say that those F-14 got lucky to face 2 old
Mig... if those were Mig 29 or SU (27, 30 or 35) the end of video would be
inverted for sure... no chance for F-14... of course the video above is a
sequence of videos composed only to ilustrate the narrative of event...
that's it... ;-)

Author TheKeithvidz (2 months)
the libyans lost because Ghadaffi would not professionalize teh military
for fear of a coup. Look at the Chad war. The F14 were not up against real
pilots. One tactic i would have is terrain masking, get up close and loose
a missile.

Author Markus Marchase (2 months)
The Russian MiGs are very clunky and very unmanageable even though its a
jet...Thats why our american mid 50s-to now our jets have always been

Author craig christon (10 days)
This was a different time for the United States. We had leadership both in
the White House and the military. The F-14, and the pilots were second to
no one, especially the Jolly Rogers Squadron. The F-14 could track 14
SU-23s at the same time. The US is the joke of the World now because of
the Food Stamp Golfer-In-Chief, in the White House

Author Dominik MJ (8 days)
+Abreu Fernando Not sure what you mean... the F-14 was ruling the skies in
the mid 70's to the 90's.
The Su-27 was only introduced mid 80's - 10 years after the F-14.
And the original Su-27 wasn't that advanced - especially if it comes to
The Mig-29 had to be lucky to stay in a dogfight in the air - might be the
plane with the shortest ability to dogfight [ca. 15 min combat]. Other than
that, it is a class behind [more a match to the F-16 and original F-18].
Anyway - variants of the Flanker, were introduced only after the
millennium... when the US Tomcat was almost [or already] retired. Nowadays
only the Iran has a couple of more or less operational F-14's.
Even though, the Mig-23 were just lucky, that the Tomcats just came close
enough... the Phoenix missile is definitely right out of their radar
Not sure, why the Migs didn't used flares and chaffs, though...!?

Author breckandy (4 months)
From what I understand, Iran has many of them. and has been successfully
been buying parts from us.

Author Lumotaku (6 months)
The F 22 replaced the Tomcat??? Really. Try F 18 super hornet.

Author corey vire (19 days)
That hawkeye is such an advantage. It's like a spotter for a sniper.

Author JimmyBean465 (19 days)
I'm going to use the narrator's voice on my next date.

Author joe0813 (5 months)

Author Joe Guichon (4 months)
How would you get footage of the MIGs? They probably wouldn't let a camera
man take that footage even with the Tom Cats.

Author Holly Wood (1 month)
Shouldn't have had any BUSINESS near or around Libya! The Libyans saw the
US as a threat as well, and they're at home for gosh sake? There was far
much more gained when to of our own planes devastated an entire city - so,
instead of a stalemate situation an emotional adolescent decision is made
to go to War. Ya, brilliant - not...

Author dpindra77 (1 month)
what a slow big fat bird.. and this video is fake

Author El Shuwix (2 months)
Libyan Migs sure have "updated avionics". It's same "achievement" as
destroying almost original equipped Iraqi T-72 or T-55 with Abrams.

Author Bret Hitman (5 months)
MiGs 23 only with rocket pods... Suuuure...

Author Bismarck80 (2 months)
1166 People from USA, EU, Japan, Canada, Australia, Korea liked this Video.
152 People from Russia, China and islamic Countries disliked this Video.

Author Amirhossein Beheshti (23 hours)
All I can say as an Iranian, we owe our country to F-14 and AIM-54 although
you guys don't believe it and persist to deny how great they were. in that
8 years period of Iran-Iraq war Russians couldn't give Saddam anything to
beat F-14 so they got highest tech fighter Mirage F-1 from France and still
couldn't do anything that great. the only thing stopping Iranian F-14 to do
better was that there was no technical support from states. imagine 8 years
eroding war and newer and newer tech supports from all over world for
Saddam and (no wonder) with no tech support from states for Iran, F-14 were
ruling in sky. what a shame that in Persian gulf war Iraqi pilots never
dared to engage the American F-14 to let the Americans know what a legend
they had made. 

Author VPPAF (4 days)
I feel the need for speed

Author Ryan Burton (2 months)
you can tell the second pilot is a good one. they kept wanting him to fire
but he wouldn't because he didn't have radar tone. hes like shit I aint
waisting any missiles mother fuckers. "ill fire when im good and godamn
ready" maverick top gun lol.

Author lolcatmisso (2 months)
A little confused.. maybe someone here can help.. What does angels mean?
When he's saying angels 8 does that mean he's on 18k feet or what?

Author spamhater160 (7 days)
Was this video made by the Navy in the 90s?

Author michael lundy (6 months)
Is it just me or is the F-14 the most beautiful man made bird ever to take
to the air?

Author Kris Logue (2 days)
The comments here are juvenile at best. The F-14 was far superior to just
about any other Soviet fighter in existence when it was retired (very few
exceptions). It was retired for cost reasons. The salt water was very
corrosive and maintaining them was costly. Even the F-18 is inferior in
many ways to the F-14 it replaced.

If the Tomcat was still flying today it could give just about any adversary
a run for its money. Especially with an American pilot.

Author Cristian Stanescu (3 days)
No shit! This is from a movie (a cheap one).

Author 22steve5150 (10 days)
by the way for those who try to disparage the aircraft by saying that it
was US pilots versus non-russian pilots flying export models of the Mig-23
and therefore not a fair fight, note that Iranian pilots flying export
model F-14's downed 50 Iraqi fighters to the loss of one Tomcat early in
the Iran-Iraq war, and in the later stages of the war the Iraqi air force
refused to engage Tomcats any longer unless they outnumbered them. In
total Iranian F-14's shot down 160 Iraqi aircraft in the war, including 58
MiG-23s, 23 MiG-21s, nine MiG-25s, 33 Dassault Mirage F1s, 23 Su-17s, one
Mil Mi-24, five Tu-22s, two MiG-27s, one Dassault Mirage 5, one B-6D, one
Aérospatiale Super Frelon, and two unknown aircraft.

Author PchanStitch (8 months)
I still don't see why this event is so...cherished, it seems. So, two
subpar Libyan pilots were beaten by superior planes in superior aircraft.
And two men lost their lives doing something they probably had no real
choice in.

Reality is, the F-14 wasn't that great. The AIM-54 missed every confirmed
time it was launched in combat, and the Navy only got four confirmed fixed
wing kills with it before the aircraft was basically converted to a bomber.

Author Manuel Chaguaceda (29 days)
Tomcat vs Migs

Author tino zuñiga (3 months)
nisiquiera he empezado a ver el video pero solo con ver la imagen de la
dirección de la persona que subió el video y como dice TOMCAT y migs se que
dirá que es mejor el tomcat LOL

Author Edward A. Clark (23 days)

Author trollianceFTW (25 days)
we stop this program to bring you... top gun

Author Danny60781 (1 month)
What ever happened to "do not fire unless fired upon"? "Jinking into me
for the fifth time"? Really? So what? Should know how to dog fight if
you're a fighter pilot. No chance for anyone to show their "right stuff"

Author Sovereign Knight (3 months)
Damn those F-14 are some beautiful birds. Best looking jet I've ever seen.

Author gcHK47 (3 months)
YEAH! VF-84 Jolly Rogers! When I was a little boy, I desperately wanted to
fly with them. I love VFA-103 Jolly Rogers too!

I am heartbroken that my ADHD will keep me from ever earning the Bones. :(
Therefore, I shall be confined to supporting them in spirit.

Beware the Black Tails!

Author aibaoonline (1 month)
LOVE THAT FOLDING WINGS. the best fighter ever built.

Author Pete Flynn (5 months)
Hardly a fair fight. Libyans were fortunate to survive.
As to the remark about the F-22, it's a stupid apples-to-oranges

Author Dufus Rufus (1 month)
Which Tomcat was Tom Cruise in? :)

Author thatguyonstage (8 months)
Did someone order some freedom?!

Author Jose M Fernandez R (1 month)
mig is old generation, sukoi is by far supperior than f22 or any us force
aircraft. Usa should think about make wars with any country in the world,
let us live in peace...

Author Chris Morton (1 month)
Im amazed at the ignorance of so many of the comments on this video...Most
of obviously dont read or even read Tom Clancy novels...if you
would not make such uniformed comments about aircraft and weapons you have
never seen, touched, or read about beyond what you may have seen in Ace
Combat 27 or Hawx...get a copy of F 15 Strike Eagle 1, 2 or 3...or Falcon
3.0 PC based air combat sims...or just read Tom Clancy's book..Air
Wing...or even Red Storm Rising...his second novel...You'll
be embarrassed by the ignorance of your comments...

Author Bosse Johansson (5 months)
This is not a dogfight!!!!!

Author mattacuk (2 months)
So was this actual footage of the event? if so who was filming to migs? :P

Author TVVultch (2 months)
The F14 was a quantum leap in technology, it had the worlds first micro
processor a 4 bit device, the guys who developed it went on to start a
company called intel !!
Even today its still considerably faster, has a much longer range and much
bigger payload than anything flying off carriers.
It was born when early electronic systems were a bit of a dog so
maintenance was a problem.
Nothing can touch its capabilities even today, they were the fleet

Author Brad Camden (2 months)
Goddamnit Maverick!!

Author JAN MARKO (2 months)
Fck American propaganda!!!

Author Istvan Szabo (6 months)
F-14 is probably the most beautiful plane and at the same time the most
expensive one in its category. I like it. But did anybody recognized the
"Libyan" planes? They had the soviet army red star painted on their body
:-) I don't remember the soviets intervened so openly in the war. Or the
movie was fake? Or was it a feature film?

Author احمد دغلس (2 months)
again, Aircaft not in Type just Depends on the skill of the pilot

Author max m (2 months)
Миг будет пинать Ф-14 в задницу

Author Juan Emilio Bertini Arbelaez (2 months)

Author Concepcion Ortiz (2 months)
Cool man

Author АЛЕКСЕЙ МАМЕДОВ (2 months)

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