“The F-14 Tomcat’s Role in Operation Desert Storm and its Enduring Legacy in American Military Aviation”

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat, notable for its twin-tail design, played a pivotal role in Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991. As the sole fighter jet in the US inventory to have claimed an air-to-air kill in American hands, the aircraft was expected to perform exceptionally well in the Middle Eastern skies, delivering on those expectations with impressive results.