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News: Iran wants its F-14 back

By Gary Parsons on 5 August 2010, 10:36

First Iranian Air Force F-14A to be delivered. Key archive

The Iranian Air Force is seeking a “return of fighter jets it bought from the US in the 1970s”.

August 5: The Tehran Times reports that the Iranian Air Force is seeking a “return of fighter jets it bought from the US in the 1970s”.

Hossein Chitforoush, the Iranian Air Force Deputy Commander, said “We want to take back bombers blocked by the US because it is our legitimate right. However, this issue must be pursued by relevant organisations through relevant channels.” The US sold 80 F-14s to Iran in the late 1970s, but the report claims “it refused to deliver them to Iran after the Islamic Revolution”.

Out of the 80 F-14A Tomcats ordered, all but one were delivered to the Imperial Iranian Air Force before the overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1979. The outstanding aircraft, BuNo 160378, was put into storage at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona until being refurbished as a NF-14A and used at the Pacific Missile Test Centre at Point Mugu in California. It was last noted back at Davis-Monthan with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) and was still resident as of June 12, 2010.

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