F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring FreedomPaperback Combat Aircraft
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- Publisher: Osprey Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 182mm x 262mm x 8mm | 299g
- Publication date: 19 February 2008
- Publication City/Country: Osprey
- ISBN 10: 1846032059
- ISBN 13: 9781846032059
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
- Sales rank: 506,883
The legendary F-14 Tomcat was the weapon of choice to strike hard and fast against the enemies of the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks, with F-14s flying thousands of bombing missions on Al-Quaeda and Taliban positions. This book explores the F-14 pilots and aircraft involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, with insights into the tactical approach and strategic aims provided by senior officers who have uniquely agreed to contribute to this history. Exclusive access to mission reports, combat diaries, full-colour artwork and photographs from the author's collection reveal the battle experiences of the most famous modern fast jet.
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Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Australasia. He established the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Aircraft of the Aces series in 1994. He has written a number of ground-breaking books on the conflict in the Gulf. The author lives in Kent, UK.
"Here he turns his attention to the F-14's use in Operation Enduring Freedom, producing a totally convincing account of the type's involvement. Holmes' empathy with the Tomcat community is evident in the numerous first-hand acounts that he gathered for the book and his ability to set them perfectly in the context of the Operation." "Scale Aircraft Modelling" (July 2008) "The text is nicely written and hard to put down once you start reading, especially if you are familiar with the F-14's original mission. The OEF Tomcats could not be further from that initial mission, but it performed with outstanding ability, and the praise comes through in the recollections of the pilots and ground crew. The anecdotes included help put the reader in the cockpit with the pilots, keeping the text from becoming too dry. Coupled with the great photos and dozens of color profile illustrations, this book is a great tribute to the final operations of USN F-14s... This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the Tomcat, as it does an excellent job of detailing the operational swan song of the F-14." -Chris Banyai-Riepl, "Internet Modeler "(April 2008) "Auther Tony Holmes covers these operations in considerable detail and includes stories from pilots and crews about their more interesting missions. This is all enhanced by quality...images provided from official sources. Artist Jim Laurier adds to the book with his superb profiles." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com" (March 2008)