Some short video clips from back in the day, to give you a sense of what it was like to fly in the F-14 Tomcat.

For videos of some Bio interviews, go to the Calendar and Interviews page.

Soundtrack by Patrick Morganelli -

Above: Our flight lead completes his control checks and then goes to full afterburner on the catapult. As soon as he launches, the director runs up to signal my pilot to begin moving to the cat for our launch. I had things to do so I turned off the camera. Next we skim above some clouds, and get a quick glimpse of the Ranger, looking small from 16,000' and a little hard to see on this hazy day. We then join up on our lead, before diving toward the ocean to practice shooting our guns at floating targets dropped for us - called "strafing." Length: one minute. 

Video by Larry "Magic" Morris, used with permission.

Above: Flight operations at NAS Cubi Point, former US Navy airfield at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. When an aircraft carrier pulled into port, squadrons usually flew several aircraft to the base the day before, and kept them there so aviators could continue training flights during the port visit. This video shows a flight briefing and takeoffs. Length: three minutes.

Video by Larry "Magic" Morris, used with permission.

Above: This seven minute video captures some highlights of a typical two-hour training mission from an aircraft carrier in the 1980s, during the Cold War.

Above: My F-14 Tomcat fighter from US Navy Fighter Squadron 24 (VF-24) returns to the carrier USS Constellation after a routine training flight in the Indian Ocean, December 19, 1981. To land, aircraft use the tailhook to catch one of four arresting cables stretched across the carrier flight deck. On this day, one of the cables was not set correctly, and that's the one that we caught. Unfortunately the camera is blinded by the sun's glare, and you can't see the F-14 crew rocket from our fighter on our ejection seats - but you can see our concerned shipmates rush to look over the side to see if we survived, and the expert flying of the rescue helicopter crew. Length: two and a half minutes.