F-14, F-4 and F-5 jets: not the U.S. Navy of the ’70s but today’s National Army Day in Iran

On Apr. 18, Iran celebrated the traditional National Army Day in honor of its land, sea and air forces.

As usual, along with the parade, the event featured an aerial display by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) which included F-14s, F-5s, F-4s, Saeqeh and Su-24s.

According to the Press TV, “after the military parade, Iran’s military commanders said their forces are more than ever ready to defend the country against foreign threats, including those of the United States and its ally Israel. The Iranian Army has in recent months staged several drills to test-fire different types of home-made missiles and torpedoes. The army has also tested a large number of home-made submarines, gun ships, artillery, helicopters, fighter jest, drones, air defense and electronic systems.”

It will take at least some time before the recently unveiled Qaher 313 stealth fighter plane will be able to attend the yearly aerial display…..

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    • They don’t, those things are held together with spit and duct tape or homemade parts. Which is why they look solid, but they are a joke of an Air Force/air defense. Any modern country would take them apart in the first 48 hours of conflict.

    • I just want them to keep flying those F-14s as often as they can. The more they’re used, the faster parts degrade and the worse condition the aircraft are in for lack of replacements. Plus, we get some awesome F-14 video out of it as well. We can’t lose!

  1. Here’s what I can’t figure out: Why do they paint their F-5s in the color scheme of the Great Satan’s naval display squadron? You would think they wouldn’t want to emulate their sworn enemy.

  2. Funny that they start the F-5’s engines with the intake plugs still in. Their jet engine sound isnt even dubbed well. What a crock!

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