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GRUMMAN F-14 TOMCAT GALLERY

Role: Multi-role shipborne fighter
Builder:
Grumman Aerospace
Variants: F-14A, F-14A+ (F-14B), F-14D
Operators: US Navy, Imperial Iranian Air Force

 

 

 

 

The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place fighter designed to attack and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in all weather conditions. The F-14 can track up to 24 targets simultaneously with its advanced weapons control system and attack six with Phoenix AIM-54A missiles while continuing to scan the airspace. It can also deliver free-fall or guided bombs.

The F-14 prototype made it first flight on December 21, 1970.The first of 478 F-14A aircraft entered US Navy service in October 1972 and saw it's first operational flight in September 1974. F-14A aircraft were upgraded to the A+. The upgrade consisted of the replacement of the original Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A engines by the the more powerful General Electric F110-GE-400 turbofans. The F-14A+ (later designated F-14B) entered service in 1987.
The F-14D Super Tomcat first took to the air on February 9, 1980. The upgrade included enhanced radar and cockpit, a dual IRST/TV undernose pod, and increased AAM capability. The Tomcat has now been equipped for night-attack bombing duty with the use of a LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting InfraRed for Night) pod. The upgrade allows the F-14 to remain in service until the arrival of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

A total of 79 F-14 A models were exported to Iran. The US Navy and the Imperial Irani Air Force are the only two operators of the type in the world.

 

Technical Specifications

 

Powerplant:

two 92.97 kN (20,900 lb st) Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-412A/414A turbofans

 

Dimensions:

ength 19.10m (62 ft 8 in); height 4.88m (16 ft 0 in); wing span 19.55m (64ft 1½ in) spread and 11.65m (38 ft 2½ in) swept

 

Weights:

take-off ('clean') 26.553 kg (58,539 lb); Max Take-Off Weight 33.724 kg (74,379 lb)

 

Performance:

max level speed at 10.975m (36,000 ft) Mach 2.37 or 2.517 km/h (1,564 mph); service ceiling more than 17,070m (56,000 ft)

 

Armament:

one 20mm M61A1 Vulcan six-barrel cannon with 675 rounds; 6577 kg (14,500 lb) of disposable stores, including up to 6 AIM-54s, 6 AIM-7s, 4 AIM-9s, free-fall or guided bombs, cluster bombs, ECM pods, fuel tanks, LANTIRN pod, and TARPS reconnaissance pod (on some aircraft).