What It Was Like To Be a Pilot During the Hellish Iran-Iraq War

Dario Leone
(U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Samuel Eckholm)

Dario Leone

History, Middle East

A terrible experience.

What It Was Like To Be a Pilot During the Hellish Iran-Iraq War

‘Meanwhile, my wingman had engaged another MiG-21 and shot it down using two Sidewinders. He later reported that after seeing my F-14 exiting on the other side of the explosion, he was sure that it was badly burned and the crew dead.

Retired by the U.S. Navy on Sep. 22, 2006 the iconic F-14 Tomcat remains the backbone of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) interceptor fleet.

However, as told by Tom Cooper and Farzad Bishop in their book Iranian F-14 Tomcat units in combat, the F-14’s service in Iran is characterised by an implausible series of controversies and ‘educated guesstimates’ that are completely wrong.

(This article by Dario Leone originally appeared on The Aviation Geek Club in 2019.)

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