Declassified dogfight footage: F-14 Tomcat vs. Libyan MiG-23
US Navy F 14 Tomcats shoot down two Libyan MiG 23 Floggers in a dogfight over the Mediterranean

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1989 Tobruk encounter between two F-14 Tomcats of the USS John F. Kennedy and two MiG-23 Floggers of Libya. Unsurprisingly, the Tomcats come out on top.


Jason Crow : So many people complaining about the lack of quality. These pilots and RIOs were looking mostly at instruments until the very end. If you use a little bit of imagination you can feel how terrifying it is to only get a glimpse of your enemy and if you lose sight of him or Don't get a missile lock you could die. Real life is played out in 360 degrees and you rarely see what kills you. Welcome to combat, folks.

Kevin Davis : They were given 5 opportunities to move off, F'ckem. Great job! 🇺🇸👍🏻

Raymond Mars : If I can remember, an incident like this incident caused a stir about President Reagan and when to wake him up. His reply was classic, "If they had knocked down one of ours, then it would be right to wake me up. Since it was theirs shot down, why wake me up?".

michael hammond : They didn't have a film crew with them idiots...sit back and appreciate what is actually happening.

RustyHeels06 : Pretty sure I saw a documentary about this starring Tom Cruise.

predattak : At 6:59 the migs fired a missile but the pilots defended. It's in the recording just listen.:)

Virginia Man : Hey Lybia, 🖕🏼

Dennis Croak : Angels = altitude in 1,000 of feet; Angels 8 = 8,000 Feet Jink = erratic movement, meant to obtaining firing solution difficult Bogey = unknown aircraft Fox 1 = Semi active missile (needs firing aircraft support) Fox 2 = IR Missile (heat seekers) Fox 3 = Active Missile (self supporting, like AAMRAM) FLOGGER = NATO designation of MiG 23

Rockme Raynes : Hey, those migs didnt have to play the game. They chose to.

Edge : just another day playing with the toys.

John G : It's not so much a comparison of aircraft and their capabilities... it's more a comment on superior training and, therefore, airmanship.

FREQ N. Hz : Declassified in January 1989. I was there serving onboard the USS John F. Kennedy.

Sacred Raisin Cakes : There's a delightful lack of kebab in the comments.

elbronco80 : "I don't have a FUCKIN TOOOONE!" *pilot selects sidewinder - tone in headset* "GOOD KILL! GOOD KILL!"

Jerry Oswald : I remember this encounter in the news back when it happened. Libya tried to extend the international recognized 200 nautical mile limit from its shores to 500 miles. The American planes were sent to challenge that by flying just outside of the 200 mile limit and the Libyan Air Force was sent to respond. So no, the F-14s were not on routine patrol, they were on troll patrol.

mr funkybuttlovin : I guess those MIGs flew into......THE DANGERZONE

Paul A Ryan : As the Tomcat slogan went "ANY TIME BABY"

Jacob Linden : Russia releases computer animation of its “powerful force” the US laughs and releases footage of Russian tech it burned

MatthewJon : Because I was inverted.

Derfdog 69 : That's what it's like folks. Thanks for posting this. - Dean Biggs USN retired

Andre Gagne : To those saying "i cant see anything', at these speeds and weaponry, if you see your enemy, you are dead - do not depend on Hollywood to present reality.

Big Chungus : This actually really intense. Even though you can't see anything it's more exciting than a cgi dog fight in a movie because you know it's real.

W. S : Looking for trouble and they found death

Paulphila215 : These Lybians were just trying to get their Plutonium back from Doc Brown! 😉😂

delano62 : You should demand a refund. Oh, wait a minute.

F-14B Tomcat : I don't care what you say or believe in, neither pilots of the f-14's should be at fault. They were only doing their job. The Libyan MIG's had shown aggression to the tomcats. (At around 7:21 you can hear one of the F-14 pilots or RIO's say, "he got a missile off".) And that goes to the user @MiG23 Flogger

JOWNZ88 : The Mig was the agressor here. The f-14 changed course 5 times before attacking. You can not do that unless you want to fight. They probably should have thought it through a little better.


Harambe : Those that are saying that America had no right to blow them out of the sky didn’t pay attention to the video. The F-14s tried 5 times (he says it) to divert their course and all 5 times they were followed by the migs when, if I heard correctly, they were locked on to. They had every right to obliterate those dumbasses

Timothy Gilliam : A bit confused. I was a crewmember onboard NIMITZ, CVN 68. We were in transit as a “Freedom of Navigation Exercise,” in the Gulf of Sitre. I believe the F-14s were from our ship. I do know that a major press briefing was held onboard Nimitz when we sped north and hosted many international journalists in what I recall was Naples. This event was hosted by then Rear Admiral James Service. Here is the information I recall: 1 each VF-41 "Black Aces" and 1 each VF-84 "Jolly Rogers", flying F-14 Tomcats from Nimitz. I was Chief of OP Division and recall the pride and pace of producing that media package. Anyone that wishes to add to this, go for it. I am sure there are many others who were there. Note: VAdm James Edward Service passed on February 10, 2017 at the age of 86. He was a great leader who inspired many to their success.

David Gagliardo : Back when this happened, President Reagan said it best....."They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong."

firestream93 : "If you were directly above him, how could you tell what he was doing?" "Because I was inverted."

Tsar Chasm : Moral of the story is, if you’re a weak African nation, do not waste your entire Air Force on two Tomcats

Chris Jones : Was I supposed to bring out my VHS player to watch this?

Rob Billeaud : Right off the bat, the narrator is wrong, he calls it a supersonic dogfight but you can clearly hear the pilots call out the speed as 430, 450 and 500 kts., well below supersonic speed.

bernardakoito : Libyan government: wtf man? They're just trying to sell you some hookah!

spoonman73 : They wanted to play a game of cat and mouse with a Tomcat. Bad idea...

Allen Hughes : Mess with the bull and you'll get the horns.

TheSoloAsylum : Can we send a few F14's to deal with the Indian tech support scammers?

Curtis Brechter : I was on the USS John F. Kennedy in Crash & Salvage the day this happened. It was my birthday and I worked nights at sea (7pm-7am). When I came up from the coop to work that night everyone was laughing and smiling and talking about the Tomcats shooting down the Migs. A few days later after the video was edited to remove info on the video the all of ships company got to see and hear this very video. It's been 30 years since I've heard this. I'm a lil emotional about this cause ...GOD DAMN IT that was my shipmates and my ship that did this and made all of us damn proud to be a American sailor that day. Good shooting good hunting you hot dogs in those Tomcats!!!

radwizard : I just came here to read the Russians crying in the comments. USA = Good Guys.

Matt H : 30 seconds into it , we went like this, he went like that. I said to Hollywood, "where'd he go?!" Hollywood said, "Where'd whoooooo goooooo??" And he was laughing at us right there on the radio. He was laughing at us..

Corey Motter : 100% of the commenters about the boring nature of this video due to the poor visuals would have thoroughly pooped themselves during this encounter so...…...

@c30f$p@d3z : The degree to which the American airmen were expected to expose and/or submit themselves to the enemies advances/aggression was absurd.

GOLDENEYE 1124 : I’m too close for missles switching to guns.

330kV 330kV : C'mon guys, of course the recordings are poor, it is 1989 when this incident occurred after all. The important point is how the US pilots respond.

Rob Axl : The lybians only attacked because Doc from Back To The Future stole the plutonium from them

Jay Felsberg : Nice work well done

Zandy Klaus : Hold up a minute.. The date is wrong.... It was in '81, my ship was the closest Navy vessel when this went down and we went to GQ. The next port we hit vendors were selling tshirts depicting two F14s flying away and two MIGS going down in flames. In bold lettering was the proclamation "US 2, Libya 0"