Tomcat 4-Qaddafi 0: how two U.S. Navy F-14s shot down two Libyan MiG-23s over the Gulf of Sidra on Jan. 4, 1989

After returning to the carrier, both the F-14s received single FLOGGER ‘kill’ markings above the nose MODEX, although these were removed by the time the jets returned to Oceana on Jan. 31

Jan. 4, 1989 was a historic day for VF-32, and the Tomcat community as a whole, when the F-14 once again entered into aerial combat, and again with the Libyan Arab Air Force (LAAF). As John F. Kennedy steamed eastwards for a portcall in Israel, four F-14As were on combat air patrol (CAP) as the ship passed the Gulf of Sidra. As explained by Mike Crutch in his book CVW: US Navy Carrier Air Wing Aircraft 1975-2015, Callsigns CAMELOT 100 and 101 (BuNos 162700 and 162691) of VF-14 were flying the western CAP, while to the east were VF-32 F-14As GYPSY 202 (BuNo 159437, flown by LT Hermon Cook and RIO LCDR Stephen Collins) and GYPSY 207

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