Grumman F-14 Tomcat

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy's Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiG fighters during the Vietnam War.

The F-14 first flew in December 1970 and made its first deployment in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform. In the 1990s, it added the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system and began performing precision ground-attack missions.

The Tomcat was retired from the U.S. Navy's active fleet on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. As of 2012, the F-14 was only in service with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, having been exported to Iran in 1976, when the U.S. had amicable diplomatic relations with the then-government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Specifications (F-14D)
... General characteristics Crew 2 (Pilot and Radar Intercept Officer) Length 62 ft 9 in (19.1 m) Wingspan ** Spread 64 ft (19.55 m) Swept 38 ft (11.58 m) Height 16 ft (4.88 m) Wing area 565 ft² (54.5 m²) Airfoil NACA 64A209.65 mod root, 64A208.91 mod tip Empty weight 43,735 lb (19,838 kg) Loaded weight 61,000 lb (27,700 kg) Max ... takeoff weight 74,350 lb (33,720 kg) Powerplant 2 × General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans Dry thrust 13,810 lbf (61.4 kN) each Thrust with afterburner 27,800 lbf (123.7 kN) each Maximum fuel capacity 16,200 lb internal 20,000 lb with 2x 267 gallon external tanks Performance Maximum speed Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph, 2,485 km/h) at high altitude Combat radius 500 nmi (575 mi, 926 km) Ferry range 1,600 nmi (1,840 mi, 2,960 km) Service ceiling 50,000 ft (15,200 m) Rate of climb >45,000 ft/min (229 m/s) Wing loading 113.4 lb/ft² (553.9 kg/m²) Thrust/weight 0.92 Armament Guns 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon, with 675 rounds Hardpoints 10 total 6× under-fuselage, 2× under nacelles and 2× on wing gloves with a capacity of 14,500 lb (6,600 kg) of ordnance and fuel tanks Missiles ** Air-to-air missiles AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder Loading configurations 2× AIM-9 + 6× AIM-54 (Rarely used due to weight stress on airframe) 2× AIM-9 + 2× AIM-54 + 3× AIM-7 (Most common load during Cold War era) 2× AIM-9 + 4× AIM-54 + 2× AIM-7 2× AIM-9 + 6× AIM-7 4× AIM-9 + 4× AIM-54 4× AIM-9 + 4× AIM-7 Bombs ** JDAM Precision-guided munition (PGMs) Paveway series of Laser guided bombs Mk 80 series of unguided iron bombs Mk 20 Rockeye II Others Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) LANTIRN targeting pod 2× 267 USgal (1,010 l 222 imp gal) drop tanks for extended range/loitering time Avionics Hughes AN/APG-71 radar AN/ASN-130 INS, IRST, TCS Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER) upgrade ...