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Going head-to-head — a TOPGUN F-14A (BuNo 162591) and a visiting VF-32 F-14B (BuNo 161608) and crew merge during high-aspect basic fighter maneuvers (BFM) in 2002. Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics Feature Premium

Tomcats of TOPGUN

Inextricably linked to the Navy Fighter Weapons School thanks to the hit movie Top Gun released in the spring of 1986, the F-14 Tomcat came to symbolize the very best of US naval fighter aviation throughout the jet’s three decades of fleet service

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The evolving world of UAVs serving the US Navy and USMC

Combat Aircraft Journal explores the evolving world of unmanned aerial vehicles serving the US Navy and Marines Corps

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How they made the film Top Gun

US naval aviator Dave ‘Bio’ Baranek was an instructor at the real Topgun school when Hollywood called. He tells the story of the team who helped bring realism to the smash hit 1980s film and here reveals some of the tricks of the trade.

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What changes are being made to US Navy adversary air squadrons?

Air Forces Monthly reports on the developments taking place within the US Navy adversary squadrons

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How a war veteran FG-1D Corsair was restored

The restoration of an FG-1D Corsair for the Warbird Heritage Foundation recalls not the type’s combat career, but its role in training new US Navy carrier pilots. David Leininger reports

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The Expeditionary Sea Bases of the US Navy

Combat Aircraft Journal takes a look at how the US Navy is reconfiguring the design for civilian oil tankers into a mobile, multi-mission base at sea

One dead, two injured in US Navy E-2D Hawkeye crash

A US Navy E-2D Hawkeye crashed in the area of Wallops Island and Chincoteague in the State of Virginia on March 30, resulting in one fatality

Six US Navy Growlers deployed to Germany

Six US Navy EA-18G Growlers have arrived at 1Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, on deployment. The aircraft, which are from Electronic Attack Squadron 134 (VAQ-134) ‘Garudas’ at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, arrived on March 28.

US Navy selects Northrop Grumman to modernise E-6B fleet

Northrop Grumman announced on March 3 that it was recently awarded the Integrated Modification and Maintenance Contract for the US Navy’s fleet of Boeing E-6B Mercury airborne command and control aircraft, which the firm will be responsible for sustaining and modernising over the coming years

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US Navy declares IOC with CMV-22B Osprey

The US Navy has publicly declared that initial operational capability has been reached with its CMV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft