80, but only 79 were delivered prior to the Islamic revolution.
3 crashed between 1976-1979
some were lost in the war with Iraq - shot down, technical failiures, human mistakes...
1 fled to Saudi Arabia in 1986
Estimates are that they still have some 50-55 Tomcats in one piece, about two years ago they reportedly had 26-28 of those still in flying condition.
"It's all for nothing if you don't have freedom" (William Wallace 1272-1305)
I've been told by very reliable sources that yes it is true that Iran has Tomcats but they are in no flying condition at all. Story goes that during the revolution when the Iotolla came to power, all Tomcats were "mysteriously" sabotaged by advisors fleeing the country and have been sitting in the desert ever since vitually useless. Obviously the US is not going to supply parts and maintenance to keep them flying. If anybody has any proof as to otherwise please chime in.
AFAIK there haven't been a photo of a iranian F-14 in flight since 2004 or 2005 during a naval exercise.
Usually they would take part in Army day parades and national day fly overs but haven't happen in a while.
Anything looks better than the "Navy gray mixed with fuel, hydraulic fluid and grime" that Tomcats had late in their life. In 2004 I was at an air show that had an F-14 on static display. It was just filthy.
If your looking for some good info about Iranian Tomcats you should pick up Ospreys book Irainian F-14 units in combat, has some nice pics and alot of info about what they are up to. Also check out Combat Aircraft Vol 7 No 6. nice article about the Iranian AF and the Tomacts.
1. The total number of F-14A in Iranian AF now: 56
2. The number of flyable F-14A in Iranian AF now: 44
3. The number of operational F-14A in Iranian AF now: 29
4. Iranian new weapons for F-14:
a. Fatter WVRAAM.
b. Sedjil BVRAAM (Modification from Hawk SAM).
c. Yasser air-to-ground missile (Combination of M-117 bomb and Hawk missile).
d. Self-restraint AIM-54 BVRAAM (Development had been finished in 2003, and about 30 missiles was built in 2005).
5. Iran bought 270 AIM-54 from USA in 1970s, and about 40% of them was still useful in 1999.
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