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At The Controls: Tomcat puts the reader aboard the F-14B and F-I4D Super Tomcats of Fighter Squadron VF-2. the US Navy's 'Bounty Hunters', on the nuclear Supercarrier George Washington. What makes this book different is the pilot's eye perspective. After an introduction to the unique design capabilities of the Tomcat, you will fly and fight a series of realistic missions over the Adriatic Sea and Bosnia, beginning with a seemingly routine peace-keeping flight and climaxing in a deadly battle, with the George Washington herself at risk. Along the way, the reader/pilot will be introduced to all he or she needs to know to fly these missions, from modern digital radar systems and electronic countermeasures, to dogfighter aerodynamics and tactics, to making a successful carrier landing. At night.Although the Tomcat has been 'pounding the skies' for some time, it is still the most capable long-range multi-role fighter in the world, vital to the US carrier battle groups. Without the Tomcat, US naval policy and power projection would be severely limited. This importance is reflected in a long list of recent and planned upgrades to the F-14. Indeed, the Tomcat role is still expanding to fulfil the missions of retiring aircraft such as the A-6E Intruder. We will look atand employall these new systems, from DFCS (Digital Flight Control System) to LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation & Targeting InfraRed for Night) to TARPS (Tactical Aircraft Reconnaissance Pod System). Input from the US Navy pilots and RIOs who fly the F-14 make this the most comprehensive pilot's-eye view of today'ssupreme Navy fighter.