Ep.39 – Top Gun Days and the F-14 Tomcat

This special Top Gun episode on the F-14 Tomcat features Commander David ‘Bio’ Baranek (US Navy Retired), a former F-14 RIO (Radar Intercept Officer) who commanded an F-14 Fighter Squadron.

Find out what it takes to be a Top Gun Instructor and hear stories about making the 1986 film ‘Top Gun’, ejecting from the F-14 Tomcat, firing a Phoenix missile and much, much more.

Bio in his office

Bio in his office

Also joining us in this Tomcat special are Jon Speilberger and Andy Mortimer from the popular ‘I Want One Of Those – F-14 Tomcat’ Facebook Group.

Bio's book - Top Gun Days

Bio’s book – Top Gun Days

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Ep.39 – Top Gun Days and the F-14 Tomcat

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David Bio Baraneck


Bio on Twitter

Bio’s YouTube Channel

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Bio and an F-5

Bio and an F-5 ‘Aggressor’

F-14 RIO’s Cockpit


F-14 - VF-24

F-14 – VF-24

I Want One Of Those – F14 Tomcat Facebook Page


F-14 - VF-24

F-14 – VF-24

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F-5 (MiG-28) takeoff

F-5 (MiG-28) take-off ahead of Top Gun filming

(All images c/o Dave Baranek – not be reproduced without permission)