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A visitor from - posted Tue January 8, 2013:
Cracking shot. Nice to see 707s still flying in any guise.

To the poster from India, 16/01/2012: Look up the RAF's VC-10s, Tristars, and A330MRTs. All used as both tankers and transports, for decades. It's quite common.

A visitor from - posted Mon April 16, 2012:
Nice shot!!! tomcat 4 ever...

A visitor from India posted Mon January 16, 2012:
Ok. I have tried to resist replying to the immediately previous comment below but I just cannot resist anymore. The argument is flawed because air refuelers are basically "Force Multipliers" . That means that they are "dedicated" in their role and more importantly are never used part - time. I tried finding air forces that do this, and no major top 10 air force actually performs dual use such as this photo in a manner depicted here. Also, one more thing, if you zoom into the photo in the wing section, you will find that it is indeed an add-on, a "patch work" . There is a pipe you can clearly see starting from the leading edge of the wing [obviously from the tank] with the fuel line [ending with the receptacle] toward the F 14. I would understand that under the present scenario, Iran finds itself necessary to have this "flexiblity". With regards to the penultimate comment, why would a 707 Tanker have windows right away from Factory Roll out ???

A visitor from - posted Mon December 12, 2011:
With regard to the comment on the windows on the aircraft it is a simple use of an aircraft in different roles to maintain greater flexibility. Not the desperation your comment implies, many nations do it so they essentially have two aircraft in one.

A visitor from - posted Mon December 12, 2011:
The 707 tankers were bought by The Late Shah of Iran, King Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. They had windows from the very first day right after factory roll out.

A visitor from India posted Mon December 12, 2011:
This is a nice shot no doubt. The F14A tomcats getting refueled et al... However, I have observed something very shocking that none of the people commenting here have mentioned... Observe the Refueler.. it has windows!! It actually has windows, which means that this is a "passenger" aircraft retrofitted for air-refueling!! My gosh! The lengths to which the Iranians have gone to attain certain capabilities!! :D

A visitor from - posted Sun July 3, 2011:
OMG

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue June 14, 2011:
Oh my god . . .

A visitor from United States posted Sun June 12, 2011:
Iran purchased F14s under the Shah.... Whether they have weapons for them and how many are flying today is unknown. Interesting shot though.

A visitor from - posted Wed August 18, 2010:
Wonderful pic!

A visitor from - posted Sat September 12, 2009:
Nice photo. But let not forget, a fighter is only as good as its pilot

A visitor from Finland posted Tue September 8, 2009:
The last tomcats in the world still flying

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat September 5, 2009:
Nice Shot

A visitor from - posted Sat September 5, 2009:
Please keep them flying!!!

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Fri September 4, 2009:
Fantastic,very nice shot,tnx

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Fri September 4, 2009:
The persian cats are still wild and ready for hunt. Just wait for shafagh. The Persian 5th generation fighter. Hope for a peaceful middle east

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Fri September 4, 2009:
Its really beatiful...

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Fri September 4, 2009:
Its really beatiful, nice....

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon August 31, 2009:
Wow! I'd love to see - and more importantly HEAR that baby take off! I can imagine the smoke and noise!

A visitor from - posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Yessssss...WE ARE !!!

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Great photo, it's good to see Tomcats still going strong! Viva a peaceful Iran!

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Viva Iran Air Force ...
Viva Old Lady ...
Viva Persaian Cats ...
Thanks For Sharing ...

A visitor from Turkey posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Looks like natural feeding.Nice shot.

A visitor from - posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Great photo, although i wonder if these aircraft are still flying. Or if the IRIAF is still finding parts on Ebay.

A visitor from Germany posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Yes , very nice, end of 70s iran airforce got 79 tomcat naturaly fo imperia airforce;)but only some of them are in service and airworthy.

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Very nice picture!!!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Only ViVa Iranian Air Force.
Many thanks for sharing this photo.
5*(Dani)

A visitor from Mexico posted Sun August 30, 2009:
GREAT! taken in the right moment... good luck IRIAF!

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Excellent shot! just hope for a day that I can take like this one for our lovely Iran Air Force.
-Shary

A visitor from United States posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Iran have Americana f14s, funny, very funny.

A visitor from South Africa posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Those are just such beautiful aircraft the F14's. I really wish the Americans still had some flying.

A visitor from - posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Fantastic shot!

A visitor from - posted Sun August 30, 2009:
A truly unique photo, and very well done too! Thank you for sharing it with us! I could only wish for another photo with more details on the 707's wing-mounted refueling pod: it's construction seems to be quite unusual.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Even better shot! Great work!

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Persian cats!and nothing more

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun August 30, 2009:
Yoohooo! Two Persian Cats + 707! Attractive formation for front page! ;)

A visitor from - posted Sun August 30, 2009:
OMG...Who could belive it ?????

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun August 30, 2009:
I'm speechless! i couldn't see this shot even in my dreams. Viva Iran Air Force!

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