About Information Requested On The USN F-14As Versus the LARAF MiG-23MFs
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Information Requested On The USN F-14As Versus the LARAF MiG-23MFs info
As for the maneuvering within twenty miles was explained when the aircrews were flown back to the USA and spoke at a press conference. (No names of the aircrew were given at that time!)
In brief, the two F-14s approached from the north while the MiG-23s from the south. The F-14s stayed low (3,000-feet to 5,000-ft) forcing the MiG radars to have to deal with the sea clutter in order to detect them and the MiGs were at 9,000-ft. to 11,000-ft. The RIO of the lead F-14 fired two Sparrow Missiles at the MiG leader, they failed to guide. The F-14 wingman called out, "breaking right"... initiating a "defensive split." (I have reasoned the F-14 leader turned left to some degree.) The MiG leader got a visual contact on the F-14 wingman and breaks left, dives to pursue the F-14 wingman. The MiG wingman remained at a higher altitude to cover his leader. The F-14 wingman, seeing the MiG leader diving at him, then pulled a "5G" -180° turn passing the MiG leader going in opposite directions. The F-14 wingman pulled up and from five miles fired a Sparrow Missile from head-on to kill the MiG wigman. Meanwhile the F-14 leader had worked his way around and was trying to catch up with the MiG leader. The F-14 leader fired a Sidewinder to shoot down the MiG leader.
Two good chutes were seen but, the LARAF SAR failed to find the pilots.
As I said, I am looking for more information on the maneuvering leading up to when the four fighters were twenty miles apart.