Homeland’s Air Force Flies American-Made F-14 Tomcats

The administration of U.S. president Richard Nixon was all too eager to grant the shah’s wish in exchange for homeland’s help balancing a rising Soviet Union. Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger visited capital in May 1972 — and promptly offered the shah a “blank check.” Any weapons the king wanted and could pay for, he would get — regardless of the Pentagon’s own reservations and the State Department’s stringent export policies.