Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1215 times:
just like their Boeings and F-5s we sold them to them in the mid 70's before the revolution. We quit shipping them parts after the hostage crisis and 'wink' wink' nudge nudge, if I were a betting man I'd guess very few of them still fly as parts are hard to come by.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1170 times:
Iran has been doing a good job of keeping (some of) it's western weapon systems in operating condition despite the embargo. Remember, they have the ability to manufacture certain parts by themselves, although for others they'd have to break up other a/c into spare parts.
Iran was going to get 75 F-16A/B's in 1980, but the revolution occured just months before the delivery date, so they went to Israel (who were going to get F-16's anyways, just a few months later) instead. The IAF used the early delivery as much as they could, destroying what was to be the Osirak nuclear plant in Iraq only a year after taking delivery of their first Fighting Falcon.
Iran also operated (still do?) F-4E's, and AH-1's among others.
Hamfist From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 614 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1124 times:
Not sure if it's Iran, but when I was visiting the F-22/C-130 production facility in Atlanta I seem to remember our host pointing to several mothballed C-130's that were just sitting on the ramp. They were supposed to be delivered to one of the middle eastern countries, but were never sent due to political reasons. Funny part is the aircraft were already paid for.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1050 times:
The F-14As were purchased by Iran when their Shah was in power. After the Islamic Revolution the US stopped shipments of additional F-14s plus spare parts for the other American types they had in their inventory.