F-14 Tomcat: Wikis

  
  
  

Did you know ...


More interesting facts on F-14 Tomcat

Include this on your site/blog:

Encyclopedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

F-14 Tomcat
An F-14A Tomcat from the USS Nimitz during Operation Southern Watch
Role Interceptor/multirole fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Grumman
First flight 21 December 1970
Introduction September 1974
Retired US Navy: 22 September 2006
Status Active service with Iran
Primary users United States Navy
Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Number built 712
Unit cost US$38 million in 1998
.The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing aircraft.^ The Grumman F-14 Tomcat (the F-13 designation was skipped over by DoD) is a United States Navy supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-seat strike fighter.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviastar.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Grumman F-14 Tomcat model airplane .
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat model airplane, one of 525 airplane models you'll find at the World Air Corps. 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.worldaircorps.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Close The Tomcat is a 2-seat, twin-engine fighter with twin tails and variable-geometry wings.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14 was the United States Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006. It later performed precision strike missions once it was integrated with the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night LANTIRN system.^ The F-15 was itnended as an air superiority fighter/interceptor.
  • http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/6-38876.aspx 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.strategypage.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat’s LANTIRN (Low-altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night) system is more advanced than the F/A-18’s Nighthawk targeting pods, giving Tomcats an advantage over today’s F/A-18 Hornets for air-to-ground missions.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat | ZAP16.COM 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 was the United States Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006.
  • F-14 Tomcat Sundowners Model Airplane - War Planes, Handmade Wooden Models Including Military Aircraft, Jets, Sail Boats, & Helicopters 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.warplanes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[1] .The F-14 was developed after the collapse of the F-111B project, and was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MiGs during the Vietnam War.^ Vietnam air war photos Home .
  • A Different Breed of Cat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jdwetterling.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 was the United States Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006, developed after the collapse of the F-111B project, and was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat in Vietnam against the Russian-developed MiGs.
  • Making Origami Fighter Plane Model of Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC ezinearticles.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat Fighter Fling series .

.The F-14 first deployed in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise, replacing the F-4 Phantom II and was retired from the active U.S. Navy fleet on 22 September 2006, having been replaced by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.^ The Tomcats of VF-1 and VF-2 deployed aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in September of 1974, marking the first operational cruise of the Tomcat.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AirToAirCombat.Com: F-14D Tomcat NorthropGrumman F-14A 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airtoaircombat.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It was in the fleet by October 1972 and first cruise in September of 1974.
  • ModelWarships Review Trumpeter 1/350 EA-6B Prowler 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.modelwarships.com [Source type: General]

^ The Tomcat was retired from the active U.S. Navy fleet on 22 September 2006.

[2] .As of 2009, the F-14 is in service with only the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, having been exported to Iran in 1976, during a time when the US had good diplomatic relations with the nation.^ As of 2007, the only nation still operating the F-14 is the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • F-14 | Planes and Flight 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.planeace.com [Source type: Reference]

^ As of 2006, only the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force still flies the aircraft.
  • The Prairie Aviation Museum - Exhibits - Grumman F-14DTomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.prairieaviationmuseum.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As of 2007, it remains in service only with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.
  • F-14 Tomcat - Coin 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC store.nwtmint.com [Source type: Reference]
  • F-14 Tomcat Sundowners Model Airplane - War Planes, Handmade Wooden Models Including Military Aircraft, Jets, Sail Boats, & Helicopters 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.warplanes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14>Carved Aircraft Models>VarietyToy.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.varietytoy.com [Source type: General]
  • US Navy F-14A Tomcat Sundowner Aircraft Model 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.thconline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Contents

Development

Background

.The F-14 Tomcat program was initiated when it became obvious that the weight and maneuverability issues plaguing the U.S. Navy variant of the Tactical Fighter Experimental (TFX) (F-111B) would not be resolved to the Navy's satisfaction.^ F-14 Tomcat fighter .
  • The US Navy -- Fact File 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.navy.mil [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat Fighter Fling series .

^ F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Navy requirement was for a fleet air defense fighter (FADF) with the primary role of intercepting Soviet bombers before they could launch missiles against the carrier battle group.^ It is merely a platform that launched air-to-air missiles.

^ The Navy requirement was for a fleet air defense fighter (FADF) with the primary role of intercepting Soviet bombers before they could launch missiles against the carrier group.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Because the original rationale for the aircraft - shooting down Soviet heavy bombers before they could launch cruise missiles at the c...
  • Questions about f 14 - Ask.com 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.ask.com [Source type: General]

.The Navy strenuously opposed the TFX, which incorporated the Air Force's requirements for a low-level attack aircraft, fearing the compromises would severely affect the aircraft, but were forced to participate in the program at direction of then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara who wanted "joint" solutions to the service aircraft needs to reduce developmental costs.^ Defense Secretary McNamara said the Navy's requirements should be met by the new Air Force fighter, the TFX. in the Air Force terminology.

^ The Navy strenuously opposed the TFX, which incorporated the Air Force's requirements for a low-level attack aircraft, fearing the compromises would cripple the aircraft, but were forced to participate in the program at direction of then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara who wanted "joint" solutions to the service aircraft needs to reduce developmental costs.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Designed to create a joint aircraft for both the US Navy and Air Force use, the TFX program ultimately produced the F-111.
  • F-14 Tomcat - US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC militaryhistory.about.com [Source type: Reference]

.The prior example of the F-4 Phantom II which was a Navy and Marine Corps program later adopted by the Air Force (under similar direction) was the order of the day.^ The prior example of the F-4 Phantom which was a Navy and Marine Corps program later adopted by the Air Force (under similar direction) was the order of the day.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 was the navys replacement for the F-4 Phantom II , which served effectively with both the navy and air force.

^ Grumman Aircraft Corporation, the prime contractor on the F-111B program, saw the writing on the wall prior to the cancellation of the Navy version of Robert McNamaras calamity of commonality.
  • Takara 1/100 F-14A Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC modelingmadness.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-111 manufacturer General Dynamics partnered with Grumman on the Navy F-111B. With the F-111B program in distress, Grumman began studying improvements and alternatives.^ Grumman Aircraft Corporation, the prime contractor on the F-111B program, saw the writing on the wall prior to the cancellation of the Navy version of Robert McNamaras calamity of commonality.
  • Takara 1/100 F-14A Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC modelingmadness.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14, built by Grumman , was introduced in the Navy in the 1970s and is no longer being manufactured.
  • CNN - Squadron grounded during crash probe - Jan. 30, 1996 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ Tomcat Territory - VHS Video Born out of the failed TFX program, the Navy's Grumman Tomcat has proven to be the West's premier air defense fighter.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat sets DVD video VHS films movies documentary 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.johnjohn.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1966 the Navy awarded Grumman a contract to begin studying advanced fighter designs.^ On January 14, 1969, the Navy announced the award of the contract for the VFX fighter, now designated F-14, to Grumman.

^ The Grumman F-14 Tomcat (the F-13 designation was skipped over by DoD) is a United States Navy supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-seat strike fighter.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviastar.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a United States Navy supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-seat strike fighter.
  • Dragon Models 50251 - F-14 Tomcat Diecast Model, USN VF-213 Black Lions, AJ213, CAG: The Flying Mule 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flyingmule.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Grumman narrowed down these designs to its 303 design.^ During this study they compared, on paper, a proposed VFX (Grumman design 303-60) vs the F-111B and without question, the F-111B was smoked.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Scramble 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.scramble.nl [Source type: Reference]

^ Following several design revisions, Grumman proceeded with its Model 303.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ From the initial model 303-60 , Grumman developed fixed wing and swept wing designs, showing first resemblance to what became the Tomcat.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Scramble 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.scramble.nl [Source type: Reference]

[3] .Vice Admiral Thomas Connolly, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare took the developmental F-111A variant for a flight and discovered it had difficulty going supersonic and had poor carrier landing characteristics.^ The person responsible for the F-14 project was Admiral Tom Conolly, Deputy Chief, Naval Operations for Air.

^ The person responsible for this project was Admiral Tom Conolly, Deputy Chief, Naval Operations for Air.

^ Vice Admiral Thomas Connolly, DCNO for Air Warfare took the developmental F-111A variant for a flight and discovered it had difficulty going supersonic and had poor landing characteristics.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He later testified to Congress about his concerns against the official Department of the Navy position, and in May 1968 Congress stopped funding for the F-111B, allowing the Navy to pursue an answer tailored to their requirements.^ He later testified to Congress about his concerns against the official Department of the Navy position and in May 1968, Congress killed funding for the F-111B allowing the Navy to pursue an answer tailored to their requirements.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Engineering Where Your EyE See — Authority: 167 Triggered by the failure of the F-111B to meet Navy requirements, the VFX project was announced.
  • f 14 Articles, Posts, Blogs, Videos - Technorati 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC technorati.com [Source type: General]

^ And despite concerns about the program's ability to meet performance criteria, the Navy in June authorized full-rate production of the aircraft.
  • High Flier (8/1/00) -- GovExec.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.govexec.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

VFX

.In July 1968 the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX), a tandem two-seat fighter with maximum speed of Mach 2.2 and a secondary close air support role.^ Close air support is no longer close.
  • A Different Breed of Cat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jdwetterling.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This was granted in May 1968, and a request for proposals was issued for a tandem two-seat fighter capable of Mach 2.2 and fulfilling a secondary close air support role.
  • F-14 Tomcat - US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC militaryhistory.about.com [Source type: Reference]

^ It has a maximum speed of Mach 2.38 or 1,544 mph The F-14D followed entering service in 1990, with digital avionics and the new AN/APG-71 radar system.
  • Aviation Photography - USS Theodore Roosevelt - Final F-14D Tomcat Cruise 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.targeta.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[4] .The VFX requirements called for a built-in M61A Vulcan cannon and powered with twin engines.^ ARTICLE from the Encyclopædia Britannica aircraft also called Tomcat two-seat, twin-engine jet fighter built for the U.S. Navy by the Grumman Corporation (now part of the Northrop Grumman Corporation ) from 1970 to 1992.
  • F-14 (aircraft) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: Reference]

^ It is a twin fusion reactor system and has an extended range although the engines will overheat if operated continuously at full power.
  • TW-F-14 "Phoenix Tomcat" Techno-Wizard Jet Fighter 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.kitsune.addr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Large and powerful two-seat, twin-engine, shipboard fighter with variable geometry wings.

.It would be equipped with either six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles or a combination of six AIM-7 Sparrow and four AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.^ AIM-54 PHOENIX .
  • CUSTOM ORDER: F-14 TOMCAT US NAVY - CUSTOM-F14-USN 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.squadrontoys.com [Source type: General]

^ For air-to-air, we carry the AIM-9M Sidewinder and the AIM-7H Sparrow.
  • CHECKSIX / Reports: Tomcat - Last Cruise 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.checksix-online.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The AIM-54 is a very big missile.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Bids were received from General Dynamics, Grumman, Ling-Temco-Vought, McDonnell Douglas and North American Rockwell.^ Two versions of the F-111 were initially designed, the F-111A for the USAF to be built by General Dynamics and the F-111B for the Navy to be built by the Grumman Corporation.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ El sistema Hughes AWG-9 fue , nada curiosamente, heredado del infortunado General Dynamics/Grumman F-111.
  • F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC cssbl.com [Source type: General]

^ TOP SPEED: F-14: 1,320 mph F/A-18: 1,188 mph BUILDER: F-14: Northrop Grumman F/A-18: McDonnell Douglas .
  • USATODAY.com - Navy retires F-14, the coolest of cold warriors 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

[5] .Four of the bids incorporated variable-geometry wings.^ Variable geometry (swing) wings.
  • F-14 Tomcat - Macross Compendium 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC macross.anime.net [Source type: Reference]

^ The variable-geometry wing scheme incorporated a number of advanced features.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The variable-geometry wing scheme incorporates a number of advanced features.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

McDonnell Douglas and Grumman were selected as finalists in December 1968, and Grumman won the contract in January 1969. Grumman had discussed its early design mock-ups and cost projections with Naval authorities as an alternative to the F-111B.[4]
.The winning Grumman design reused the TF30 engines from the F-111B, though the Navy planned on replacing them with the F401-PW-400 engines then under development by Pratt and Whitney for the Navy (in parallel with the related F100 for the USAF).^ Two Pratt & Whitney TF30 engines are mounted in the intake trunks.
  • F-14 Tomcat - U.S. Navy Fighter Jet 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.acepilots.com [Source type: Reference]
  • F-14A Tomcat VF-84 Jolly Rogers, Discovery Channel , Discovery Channel Store 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC store.discovery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14A Tomcat VF-84 Jolly Rogers, Military Channel Collectibles , Military Channel Store 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC store.discovery.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The winning Grumman design reused the TF30 engines from the F-111B, though the Navy planned on replacing them with the F401-PW-400 engines then under development by Pratt and Whitney for the Navy (in parallel with the related F100 for the USAF).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-412 turbofans .
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[6] .Though lighter than the F-111B, it was still the largest and heaviest U.S. fighter to ever fly from an aircraft carrier, its size a consequence of the requirement to carry the large AWG-9 radar and AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, also from the F-111B and an internal fuel load of 16,000 lb (7,300 kg).^ AIM-54 PHOENIX .
  • CUSTOM ORDER: F-14 TOMCAT US NAVY - CUSTOM-F14-USN 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.squadrontoys.com [Source type: General]

^ Internal fuel 3, 800 lbs.
  • How many horsepower does an f-14 tomcat have? - Yahoo! Answers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ Loaded Weight: 61,000 lbs.
  • F-14 Tomcat - US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC militaryhistory.about.com [Source type: Reference]

.The F-14 would also share a similar inlet duct, wing, and landing gear geometry with Grumman's A-6 Intruder.^ The F-14 would also share a similar inlet duct, wing, and landing gear geometry with Grumman's A-6 Intruder .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In combination with its large fuel capacity, varying the wing geometry allows the F-14 to maximize range and endurance in its primary air patrol and escort mission.
  • Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aerospaceweb.org [Source type: Reference]

^ This loan save the F-14 program and enabled Grumman to secure a further loan of $125 million from a consortium of American banks, ensuring at least for the moment that the F-14 program would continue.
  • IIAF - F-14 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.iiaf.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[7]
.Upon being granted the contract for the F-14, Grumman greatly expanded its Calverton, Long Island, New York facility to test and evaluate the new swing-wing interceptor.^ Upon being granted the contract for the F-14, Grumman greatly expanded its Calverton, Long Island, New York facility to test and evaluate the new swing-wing interceptor.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Not long afterward, Grumman relocated to Farmingdale, New York.
  • HOME OF M.A.T.S. - The most comprehensive Grumman F-14 Reference Work - by Torsten Anft! 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.anft.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin engine, two-seat, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corporation.
  • F-14 Tomcat Sundowners Model Airplane - War Planes, Handmade Wooden Models Including Military Aircraft, Jets, Sail Boats, & Helicopters 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.warplanes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Much of the testing as well as the first few in-flight mishaps, including the first of many compressor stalls and ejections took place over Long Island Sound.^ Much of the testing was in the air of the Long Island sound as well as the first few in-flight accidents including the first of many compressor stalls and ejections.

^ Much of the testing was in the air of the Long Island Sound as well as the first few in-flight mishaps, including the first of many compressor stalls and ejections.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ T he Iranian Tomcats were fairly late on the production line, and were therefore delivered with the TF30-P-414 engine, which was much safer than the compressor-stall-prone P-412 engine.
  • IIAF - F-14 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.iiaf.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In order to save time and forestall interference from Secretary McNamara, the Navy skipped the prototype phase and jumped directly to full-scale development; the Air Force took a similar approach with its F-15.^ In an effort to avoid interference from the Defense Department, the Navy skipped the prototype phase and pushed the program directly to full-scale development.
  • F-14 Tomcat - US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC militaryhistory.about.com [Source type: Reference]

^ In order to save time and forestall interference from Secretary McNamara, the Navy skipped the prototype phase and jumped directly to full-scale development; the Air Force took a similar approach with its F-15.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-22 program is developing the next-generation air superiority fighter for the Air Force to counter emerging worldwide threats.

[8]
.The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970, just 22 months after Grumman was awarded the contract, and reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 1973. The United States Marine Corps was initially interested in the F-14 as an F-4 Phantom II replacement and went so far as to send pilots and radar intercept officers to Fighter Squadron One Twenty-Four (VF-124), the Pacific Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F-14, to train as instructors.^ VF-21 F-14 tail markings .
  • F-14 Tomcat - Wikimedia Commons 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC commons.wikimedia.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Two: pilot and radar intercept officer .
  • Grissom Air Museum - F-14B Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.grissomairmuseum.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970, just 22 months after Grumman was awarded the contract, and reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 1973.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Marine Corps was never fully sold on the aircraft and pulled out when the stores management system for ground attack munitions was left undeveloped, leaving the aircraft incapable of dropping air-to-ground munitions.^ The aircraft was not procured by the US Marine Corps.

^ But the Marine Corps was never fully sold on the aircraft and pulled out when the stores management system for ground attack munitions was left undeveloped, leaving the aircraft incapable of dropping air-to-ground munitions (these were later developed in the 1990s).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While the Marine Corps was interested in the F-14 and went so far as to send pilots to VF-124 to train as instructors, they were never fully sold on the aircraft and pulled out when the stores management system for ground attack munitions was left undeveloped, leaving the aircraft incapable of dropping air-to-ground munitions (these were later developed in the 1990s).
  • JSI US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fleet Defense Fighter - Commander Marty Chanik and Ensign Jack Erkie, VF-84 'Jolly Rogers' USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) (1:18 Scale) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.themotorpool.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

These were not developed until the 1990s.[8]
.Firing trials involved the launch against simulated targets of every type, from cruise missiles to high flying bombers.^ Firing trials involved the launch against simulated targets of every type, from cruise missiles to high flying bombers.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Also from the start it was envisioend that there would be a Naval Flight Officer who would work radar and systems and the nose gunner would fly and fire the missiles.
  • http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/6-38876.aspx 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.strategypage.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Because the original rationale for the aircraft - shooting down Soviet heavy bombers before they could launch cruise missiles at the c...
  • Questions about f 14 - Ask.com 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.ask.com [Source type: General]

.The first AIM-54 Phoenix launch by a Tomcat occurred on 28 April 1972.[9] In November of that year, a single launch was achieved against an incoming target at over 200 km, this being outside the normal range for the Tomcat weapon system of 166 km.^ AIM-54 PHOENIX .
  • CUSTOM ORDER: F-14 TOMCAT US NAVY - CUSTOM-F14-USN 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.squadrontoys.com [Source type: General]

^ The first AIM-54 Phoenix launch by a Tomcat occurred on 28 April 1972.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One of these test was the launch of 6 AIM-54 Phoenix missiles on 6 different targets.
  • F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC navysite.de [Source type: Reference]

.Another unusual test was made in 22 November 1973, with six missiles fired in 38 seconds, at Mach 0.78 and 24,800 ft (7600 m), with four scoring direct hits.^ Another unusual test was made in 22 November 1973, with six missiles fired in 38 seconds, at Mach 0.78 and 24,800 ft (7600 m), with four scoring direct hits.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The theoretically maximum of six Phoenix missiles were seldom carried, as the Tomcat could only land on a carrier with four of these missiles.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Scramble 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.scramble.nl [Source type: Reference]

^ There were many test firings of the Phoenix that demonstrated a high kill ratio, including a test performed in 1973 with a Tomcat ripple-firing six Phoenix missiles to destroy six targets.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This missile entered service at the beginning of 1975, just as the Vietnam War was coming to an end.^ The Tomcat was in service just in time to see the closing stages of the Vietnam war in 1975.
  • F-14 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AirToAirCombat.Com: F-14D Tomcat NorthropGrumman F-14A 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airtoaircombat.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This missile entered service at the beginning of 1975, just as the Vietnam War was coming to an end.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Vietnam war 1974-1975 .
  • F-14 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Improvements and changes

.With time, the early versions of all the missiles were replaced by more advanced versions, especially with the move to full solid-state electronics that allowed better reliability, better ECCM and more space for the rocket engine.^ With time, the early versions of all the missiles were replaced by more advanced versions, especially with the move to full solid-state electronics that allowed better reliability, better ECCM and more space for the rocket engine.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After that time, the plans were for production was to shift over to the more advanced F-14D version.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AirToAirCombat.Com: F-14D Tomcat NorthropGrumman F-14A 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airtoaircombat.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ BUY the full version 1.9 MB / Windows All January 18th, 2008, 08:40 GMT C: \ Desktop Enhancements \ Screensavers .
  • Download F-14 Tomcat 1.0.6 Free Trial - Protect your monitor with photos of the F-14 Tomcat. - Softpedia 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.softpedia.com [Source type: General]

.So the early arrangement of the AIM-54A Phoenix active-radar air-to-air missile, the AIM-7E-2 Sparrow Semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile, and the AIM-9J Sidewinder heat-seeking air-to-air missile was replaced in the 1980s with the B (1983) and C (1986) version of the Phoenix, the F (1977), M (1982), P (1987 or later) for Sparrows, and with the Sidewinder, L (1979) and M (1982).^ The semi-active guided missile homes in on the radar energy that is reflecting off the target.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Medium-range armament was provided by the AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing missile (also replaced by the AMRAAM).

^ In addition to the AIM-54, the Tomcat also carries a mix of AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles, and AIM-7 Sparrow SARH missiles.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Within these versions there are several improved batches (for example, Phoenix AIM-54C++).^ Within these versions there are several improved batches (for example, Phoenix AIM-54C++).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This Tomcat carries a TACT-pod (AN/APX-95), a CATM-9 and a single live AIM-54C Phoenix on the right glove pylon.
  • F-14D Tomcat by Ingo Degenhardt (Hasegawa 1/48) 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC hsfeatures.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Aim-54C Phoenix missile, Aim-7 sparrow, Aim-9 Sidewinder, AMRAAM, Mk-83 and Mk-84 bombs, JDAM bombs, and TARPS reconnaissance pod.
  • How many horsepower does an f-14 tomcat have? - Yahoo! Answers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

[9]
.The Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) was developed in the late 1970s for the Tomcat.^ Later developments have introduced a reconnaissance role to the Tomcat using the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS).
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) was developed in the late 1970s for the Tomcat.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) is a reconnaissance unit unique to the F-14.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The TARPS reconnaissance pod was carried on the right rear fuselage tunnel station and required additional connections.^ TARPS is carried on the right rear fuselage tunnel station.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The pod is mounted within the "tunnel" at the right-rear Phoenix station.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ TARPS was carried on the right rear fuselage tunnel station.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Approximately 65 F-14As and all F-14Ds were modified to carry the pod.^ Approximately 65 F-14As and all F-14Ds were modified to carry the pod.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All F-14D's are wired to carry the TARPS pod, unlike the F-14A and B, of which only selected aircraft are properly wired to do so.
  • F-14D 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.topedge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The pod requires additional control, power, and environmental control connections, and so Tomcats had to be specially modified to carry it, with about 50 aircraft given TARPS capability.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[10] .The system was primarily controlled by the RIO in the back seat who had a specialized TARPS display to observe reconnaissance data.^ We had this great 8-inch by 8-inch display in the back seat.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The system is controlled by the RIO in the back seat who has a specialized TARPS display to observe reconnaissance data, though the pilot does have a camera on-off switch on his stick as well.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The system was primarily controlled by the RIO in the back seat who had a specialized TARPS display to observe reconnaissance data.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[11] .TARPS system was introduced in 1980.[11] The TARPS was upgraded with digital camera in 1996 with the "TARPS Digital (TARPS-DI)". The digital camera was further updated beginning in 1998 with the "TARPS-CD" configuration.^ The TARPS was upgraded with digital camera in 1996 with the "TARPS Digital (TARPS-DI)".
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The updated "TARPS Digital (TARPS-DI)" pod was introduced in 1996.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ TARPS system was introduced in 1980.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[11]
.Some of the F-14A aircraft underwent engine upgrades to the GE F110-400 in 1987. These upgraded Tomcats were redesignated F-14A+, which was later changed to F-14B in 1991.[12] The F-14D variant was developed during this time.^ The F-14D variant was first delivered in 1991.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They were replaced by the F110-GE-400 engines.
  • F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC navysite.de [Source type: Reference]

^ The F-14A+ was later redesignated F-14B on 1 May 1991.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It included the GE F110-400 engines with newer digital avionics systems including a glass cockpit.^ The original TF-30 engines were replaced with GE F110-400 engines, similar to the F-14B. The F-14D also included newer digital avionics systems including a Glass cockpit and replaced the AWG-9 with the newer AN/APG-71 radar.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The original TF-30 engines were replaced with GE F110-400 engines, similar to the F-14B. The F-14D also included newer digital avionics systems including a Glass cockpit and replaced the AWG-9 with the newer APG-71 radar.
  • F14 Tomcat F-14; F-14B/D Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.battle-fleet.com [Source type: Reference]

^ General Electric F110-GE-400 .
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat ::: www.avionslegendaires.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.avionslegendaires.net [Source type: Academic]

.The F-14D also received systems for Link 16 datalink for secure exchange of data.^ Use of datalinked data allows two or more F-14D's to operate the system at its maximum range.
  • F-14D 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.topedge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At right are controls for ECM, the IFF system, countermeasures dispensing presets, data link reply, electrical power testing, and the interior lights.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All of the electronic systems in the F-14D are linked together by MIL-STD-1553G processors, enabling them to "talk" to one another.
  • F-14D 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.topedge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[13] .Tomcats also benefited from the Digital Flight Control System (DFCS).^ In the mid-1990s one change that was made in the F-14 was the introduction of a Digital Flight Control System to the F-14 to prevent the pilot from making an unsafe or unauthorized maneuver, reducing the burden on the pilot to remember what cannot or should not be done under certain conditions.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The Navy decided to incorporate the GEC Marconi Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) into all F-14 aircraft to significantly improve flight safety.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tomcats benefited from the Digital Flight Control System (DFCS).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The DFCS improved handling qualities behind the aircraft carrier, at high angle of attack, and in air combat maneuvering situations.^ The DFCS improved handling qualities behind the aircraft carrier, at high angle of attack, and in air combat maneuvering situations.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The twin tail layout helps in maneuvers at high AoA (angle of attack) while reducing the height of the aircraft to fit within the limited roof clearance of hangars aboard aircraft carriers.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 he was flying was an F-14A and the engines on that series were prone to compressor stalls when making high angle of attack maneuvers, at high speeds, in dense atmosphere (read: Low altitude).
  • F-14 Fly-By and Explosion Video (by Jeremy Zawodny) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC jeremy.zawodny.com [Source type: General]

Adding ground attack capability

An F-14D(R) from VF-213 over Iraq on last Tomcat deployment with LANTIRN pod on starboard glovevane station and LGB underneath fuselage.
.In the 1990s, with the pending retirement of the A-6 Intruder, the F-14 air-to-ground program was resurrected.^ In the 1990s, with the pending retirement of the A-6 Intruder , the F-14 air-to-ground program was resurrected.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After the fall of the Soviet Union, the F-14's air defense mission was considered obsolete, so many aircraft were further upgraded with a limited ground attack capability during the 1990s.
  • Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aerospaceweb.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The F-14 also has the LANTIRN m Targeting system that allows a variety of laser-guided bombs to be delivered for precision air-to-ground strikes.

.The first experiments with bombs were carried out in the late 1980s.^ The first experiments with bombs were carried out in the late 1980s.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This cruise marks the first (and last) time that the Tomcat has carried the GBU-38, the 500 lb version of the JDAM GPS-guided bomb.
  • CHECKSIX / Reports: Tomcat - Last Cruise 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.checksix-online.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Among other tests they carried out the first carrier landings of the new variant.
  • F-14D 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.topedge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.However, the main task of the F-14 was air defense in Operation Desert Storm, so most air-to-ground missions were left to A-7 and F/A-18 squadrons.^ However, the main task of the F-14 was air defense in Operation Desert Storm, so most air-to-ground missions were left to A-7 and F/A-18 squadrons.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1991, the F-14 returned to its traditional mission as part of Operation Desert Storm.
  • F-14 Tomcat - US Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcat Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC militaryhistory.about.com [Source type: Reference]

^ By 1980 16 USN squadrons operated the F-14; when not at sea they are shore-based at NAS Miramar, California, and NAB Norfolk, Virginia.
  • F-14 Tomcat | Aircraft | New visitors.. 3 FREE downloadable cardmodels models when you open an account 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fiddlersgreen.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14 was cleared operationally to drop basic iron bombs in 1992. To provide for use of precision munitions, the remaining F-14As and F-14Bs underwent an upgrade program.^ It wasn't until 1992 that the Tomcat was even cleared to carry "iron bombs" operationally.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 was cleared operationally to drop basic iron bombs in 1992.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To provide for use of precision munitions, the remaining F-14As and F-14Bs underwent an upgrade program.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The upgrade included new digital avionics systems, improved cockpit displays, structural improvements and improved defensive systems.^ The upgrade included digital avionics, improved cockpit displays, structural improvements and improved defensive systems.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An upgrade improvement program in 1995 brought the F-14 new digital avionics and weapon system.
  • Grumman Memorial Park History Center 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.grummanpark.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The upgrade included enhanced radar and cockpit, a dual IRST/TV undernose pod, and increased AAM capability.

.The upgraded fighters had avionics approximately comparable to the F-14Ds and were designated F-14A (Upgrade) and F-14B (Upgrade), respectively.^ The upgraded fighters had avionics comparable to the F-14Ds and were designated F-14A (Upgrade) and F-14B (Upgrade), respectively.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In June 1996 the US Navy upgraded the Tomcat with the LANTIRN navigation/target designation attack pod as the Block I upgrade.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Scramble 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.scramble.nl [Source type: Reference]

^ Variants: F-14A - basic TF30 -engined fleet fighter; F-14B - F110 engines by retrofit(originally designated F-14A Plus ); F-14D - new-build and retrofit with upgraded engines , dual undernose TCS/IRST fairings and strike capability.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[10]
.By 1994 Grumman and the Navy were proposing ambitious plans for Tomcat upgrades to plug that gap between the retirement of the A-6 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet entering service, but Congress balked.^ By 1994 Grumman and the Navy were proposing ambitious plans for Tomcat upgrades to plug that gap between the retirement of the A-6 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet entering service, but Congress balked.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The upgrade allows the F-14 to remain in service until the arrival of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

^ By 1994 Grumman and the Navy were proposing ambitious plans for Tomcat upgrades to plug that gap, but Congress balked.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The upgrades were priced in the billions, a bit much for an interim solution, and they would take too long to implement to meet the gap.^ The upgrades were priced in the billions, a bit much for an interim solution, and they would take too long to implement to meet the gap.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The upgrades were priced in the billions, a bit much for an interim solution, and they would take too long to implement to meet the looming gap.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The ultimate solution was an upgrade to the ALR-67 then being developed, but it would not be ready until the advent of the F14 A+ in the latter 1980s.
  • F14 Tomcat F-14; F-14B/D Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.battle-fleet.com [Source type: Reference]

[10] .The solution finally devised was an inexpensive and quick upgrade, with fit of the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) targeting pod system that provided the F-14 with a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera for night operations and a laser target designator to direct laser guided bombs (LGB).^ The F-14 also has the LANTIRN m Targeting system that allows a variety of laser-guided bombs to be delivered for precision air-to-ground strikes.

^ Striking Out The heart of the F-14 upgrade is the low altitude navigation and targeting infrared for night (LANTIRN) targeting system.
  • High Flier (8/1/00) -- GovExec.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.govexec.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It consists of the LANTIRN pod with laser designator and internal navigation system, LANTIRN control panel and night vision capable displays.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CHECKSIX / Reports: Tomcat - Last Cruise 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.checksix-online.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14]
.Although LANTIRN is traditionally a two-pod system, with an AN/AAQ-13 navigation pod with terrain-following radar and a wide-angle FLIR, along with an AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod with a steerable FLIR and a laser target designator, the decision was made to only use the targeting pod.^ Although LANTIRN is traditionally a two-pod system, with an AN/AAQ-13 navigation pod with terrain-following radar and a wide-angle FLIR, along with an AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod with a steerable FLIR and a laser target designator, the decision was made to only use the targeting pod.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting System (LTS) is made up of an attack FLIR and laser designator/range-finder housed inside of a small aerodynamic turret at the front of the cylindrical pod.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Again, unlike its USAF cousin, the Navy AAQ-14 is not paired with the AAQ-13 navigation pod.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Tomcat's LANTIRN targeting pod featured some improvements over its baseline configuration, most significantly a Global Positioning System / Inertial Navigation System (GPS-INS) capability that allowed a Tomcat to find its own location at any time.^ The early navigation system was purely inertial.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This was apparently done for cost reasons, though the Tomcat's LANTIRN targeting pod did feature some improvements over its baseline configuration, most significantly a Global Positioning System / Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) capability that would allow a Tomcat to find its own location at any time.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat's LANTIRN targeting pod featured some improvements over its baseline configuration, most significantly a Global Positioning System / Inertial Navigation System (GPS-INS) capability that allowed a Tomcat to find its own location at any time.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The pod was carried on the right wing glove pylon.^ The pod was carried on the right wing glove pylon.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ AAMs can still be carried on the wing glove pylons for self-defense.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The pod is carried on the right wing glove pylon.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14]
An F-14D(R) from VF-31, makes a transonic, low-level fly-by with LANTIRN pod on starboard glovevane station.
.Fit of the LANTIRN pod did not require any updates to the F-14's own system software, which would have substantially increased the time and expense of the upgrade.^ Fit of the AN/AAQ-14 pod didn't require any updates to the F-14's own system software, which would have substantially increased the time and expense of the upgrade.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fit of the LANTIRN pod didn't require any updates to the F-14's own system software, which would have substantially increased the time and expense of the upgrade.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An F-14D from VF-31, makes a transonic, low-level fly-by with LANTIRN pod on starboard glovevane station.Fit of the LANTIRN pod didn't require any updates to the F-14's own system software, which would have substantially increased the time and expense of the upgrade.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although the LANTIRN Pod is designed operate on a MIL-STD-1553B bus, which was not present on the F-14A or B variants, Martin Marietta designed an interface card that fit into the LANTIRN controller box that allowed carriage by all Tomcat models.^ It did require that the Tomcat have the MIL-STD-1553B bus, fitted standard to the F-14D and on upgraded F-14A/Bs.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It did require that the Tomcat have the MIL-STD 1553B bus, fitted standard to the F-14D and available on MMCAP F-14A/Bs.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although LANTIRN is traditionally a two-pod system, with an AN/AAQ-13 navigation pod with terrain-following radar and a wide-angle FLIR, along with an AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod with a steerable FLIR and a laser target designator, the decision was made to only use the targeting pod.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The RIO received pod imagery on his Tactical Information Display (TID) and guided LGBs using a new hand controller.^ The RIO receives pod imagery on his display and guides LGBs using a new hand controller.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The RIO received pod imagery on his display and guided LGBs using a new hand controller.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While the Block 1 upgrade did provide some software to ease LANTIRN integration F-14D's still need to be upgraded with the new cockpit displays, hand controllers, GPS receivers and pylons before they can effectively carry the pods.
  • F-14D 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.topedge.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Initially the hand controller replaced the RIO's TARPS control panel, meaning a Tomcat configured for LANTIRN couldn't carry TARPS and the reverse, but eventually a workaround was developed that allowed a Tomcat to carry LANTIRN or TARPS as needed.^ Initially the hand controller replaced the RIO's TARPS control panel, meaning a Tomcat configured for LANTIRN couldn't carry TARPS and the reverse, but eventually a workaround was developed that allowed a Tomcat to carry LANTIRN or TARPS as needed.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Another Tomcat was lost due to loss of control when the aircraft entered in spin (Both pilot and RIO Ejected).
  • IIAF - F-14 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.iiaf.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Shortly following the Persian Gulf War, Navy leaders decided to devise removable bomb racks for Tomcats to allow them to carry MK-80 "dumb" bombs.
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14] .An upgraded LANTIRN named "LANTIRN 40K" with 40K laser allowing improved operation up to 40,000 feet (12,200 m) was introduced into service in 2001[14] followed by Tomcat Tactical Targeting (T3) and Fast Tactical Imagery (FTI) upgrades provided precise target coordinate determination and ability to transmit images from the LANTIRN pod.^ An upgraded LANTIRN named "LANTIRN 40K" with 40K laser allowing improved operation up to 40,000 feet (12,200 m) was introduced into service in 2001.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat went into service in 1972.
  • F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC woodandmodels.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tomcat LANTIRN pods were also improved to permit high-altitude operation up to 12,200 meters (40,000 feet), with the first updated "LANTIRN 40K" pod going into service in 2001.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Tomcats also added the ability to carry the GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) in 2003, giving it the option of a variety of LGB and GPS-guided weapons.^ Tomcats also added the ability to carry the GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), giving it the option of a variety of LGB and GPS-guided weapons.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On 15 February 2001 the Joint Direct Attack Munition or JDAM was added to the Tomcat's arsenal.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ GBU-10 laser guided bomb GBU-12 laser guided bomb GBU-16 laser guided bomb GBU-24/GBU-24E laser guided bomb(s) GBU-31 laser guided bomb GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Mk-20 Rockeye II general purpose bomb Mk-82/-83/-84 general purpose bomb(s) Paveway I/II/III laser-guided bomb(s) .
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[15] .Some F-14Ds were upgraded in 2005 with a ROVER III Full Motion Video (FMV) downlink, a system transmits real-time images from the aircraft's sensors to the laptop of Forward Air Controller (FAC) on the ground.^ On 10 December 2005, the F14-Ds of VF-31 and VF-213 were upgraded with a ROVER III downlink for transmitting images to a ground Forward Air Controller (FAC).
  • F14 Tomcat F-14; F-14B/D Fighter 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.battle-fleet.com [Source type: Reference]

^ On 10 December 2005, the F-14Ds of VF-31 and VF-213 were upgraded with a ROVER III downlink, a system originally designed for use with unmanned aerial vehicles which allows a Forward Air Controller (FAC) on the ground to see real-time images acquired by the aircraft's sensors by transmitting these images to the FAC's laptop.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By the time the system debuted, it was the first swing-wing fighter to conduct full operational service flights from a moving carrier platform.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[16]

Design

Overview

.The F-14 Tomcat was designed as both an air superiority fighter and a long-range naval interceptor.^ The F-14 is dead, Long live the Tomcat!
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

^ As such, the F-14 was a full air superiority fighter and not only a long range interceptor.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 was envisaged as an air superiority fighter and interceptor.
  • Aviation Photography - USS Theodore Roosevelt - Final F-14D Tomcat Cruise 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.targeta.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[17][18][19] .The F-14 has a two seat cockpit with a canopy that affords all-round visibility.^ The F-14 has a two seat cockpit with a canopy that affords 360 degree visibility.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The cockpit has two seats, arranged in tandem.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An F-14 can typically fly a round trip of 1.200 km in about one-and-a-half to two hours without refueling.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat | ZAP16.COM 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It features variable geometry wings that swing automatically during flight.^ The plane features variable geometry wings that swing automatically during flight.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The variable-geometry wing scheme incorporated a number of advanced features.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat Swing Wings in flight .
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.For high-speed intercept, they are swept back and they swing forward for lower speed flight.^ At the same time, the demands for high-speed performance demanded swept wing layouts that did not lend themselves to good take-off characteristics.

^ One was the fit of "glove vanes", which were small triangular foreplanes mounted in the wing gloves that were automatically extended at high speeds as the main wings were swept back, compensating for any change in aircraft pitch caused by the change in wing geometry.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ February 23, 2006 09:23 AM # matt said: The high maintenance is one of the things they are trying to lower with the new jets.
  • Military Aircraft Maintenance Costs (by Jeremy Zawodny) 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC jeremy.zawodny.com [Source type: General]

[9] .It was designed to improve on the F-4 Phantom's air combat performance in most respects.^ It was designed to improve on the F-4 Phantom's air combat performance in several respects.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The intervening twenty years saw a number of aircraft performing the air-to-air role as a small part of their overall mission, such as the primarily air-to-ground F-4 Phantom and the F-102, F-104 and F-106 interceptor designs.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It later performed precision strike missions once it was integrated with LANTIRN.[2] It was developed after the collapse of the F-111B project, and was the first of the American teen-series fighters which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat in Vietnam against MiGs.
  • F-14 Tomcat "Sundowners", VF-111. Armour Collection by the Franklin Mint B11B234 Fantastic Flyers 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.fantasticflyers.com [Source type: General]

[17] .The F-14's fuselage and wings allow it to climb faster than the F-4, while the twin-tail arrangement offers better stability.^ The F-14's fuselage and wings allow it to climb faster than the F-4, while the twin-tail arrangement offers better stability.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In combination with its large fuel capacity, varying the wing geometry allows the F-14 to maximize range and endurance in its primary air patrol and escort mission.
  • Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aerospaceweb.org [Source type: Reference]

^ A brief History of the Tomcat The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable geometry wing aircraft.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14 is equipped with an internal 20 mm M61 Vulcan Gatling-type gun mounted on the left side, and can carry AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow, and AIM-9 Sidewinder anti-aircraft missiles.^ One 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon; four AIM-7 Sparrow or four AIM-54 Phoenix under fuselage; four AIM-9 Sidewinder or two AIM-9 and two AIM-7 / AIM-54 on wing pylons.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It can deliver both Phoenix and Sparrow missiles; it has an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon and Sidewinder missiles for air-to-air combat.

^ The Tomcat has an internal 20-mm Vulcan Gatling-type gun fitted on the left side, and can carry Phoenix, Sparrow, and Sidewinder AAMs.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Fuselage and wings

.The fuselage consists of a large flat area called the "pancake" between the engine nacelles.^ The fuselage consists of a large flat area called the "pancake".
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fuselage and wings The fuselage consists of a large flat area called the "pancake".
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The twin engines are housed in nacelles below and slightly to the rear, with the fuselage smoothly blending into the shape of the exhaust nozzles.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Fuel, electronics, flight controls, and the wing-sweep mechanism are all housed in the fuselage "pancake". The "pancake" also provides additional lift.^ This is a picture showing sweep wing mechanism.
  • My F-14 Tomcat building 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.rcuniverse.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fuel, electronics, flight controls, and the wing-sweep mechanism are all housed in the fuselage "pancake".
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F10 was that the wing-sweep mechanism proved to be ...

[20] .The wings pivot from two extensions on either side of the "pancake", called wing gloves.^ The wings pivot from two extensions on either side of the "pancake", called wing gloves.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Another problem with carrying six Phoenix missiles was that the drag of the two extra missiles on the wing glove pylons cut into aircraft performance and flight endurance.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fuselage and wings The fuselage consists of a large flat area called the "pancake".
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The twin engines are housed in nacelles below and slightly to the rear, with the fuselage smoothly blending into the shape of the exhaust nozzles.^ The twin engines are housed in nacelles below and slightly to the rear, with the fuselage smoothly blending into the shape of the exhaust nozzles.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fujimi's tooling is not as accurate as Hasegawa's new tool in the rear nacelle and jet nozzle area, but it does come with 2 TF-30 jet engines and swing wings, as well as a radar antenna, separate flaps and slats, and weapons.
  • 1/72 F-14 Tomcat. The Definitive 1/72 Scale Model Census. 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.72scale.com [Source type: Academic]

^ The F-14 can be hand launch or ROG. For ROG, it is recommended to use the EPF-Aerosmith servoless retracts as the housing for it are already being molded into the fuselage.

.The nacelles are spaced apart 1 to 3 feet.^ The nacelles are spaced apart 1 - 3 feet.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This produces a wide tunnel between the nacelles which causes some drag, but adds considerable lift and pitching ability.^ This produces a wide tunnel between the nacelles which causes some drag.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For example, a relatively poor aft-end design could produce almost 50 percent of the cruise drag for some configurations.
  • Partners in Freedom 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC oea.larc.nasa.gov [Source type: Academic]

.The resultant tunnel provides space to carry Phoenix or Sparrow missiles, assorted bombs, or the TARPS reconnaissance pod, and increases fuel capacity and room for equipment.^ However, this tunnel provides space to carry Phoenix or Sparrow missiles, assorted bombs, or the TARPS reconnaissance pod, and increases fuel capacity and room for equipment.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A TARPS reconnaissance pod.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ STANDARD: 1 x GE M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm Cannon OPTIONAL: Mission-specific ordnance can include any of the following: AIM-54 Phoenix long-ranged air-to-air missiles AIM-7 Sparrow medium-ranged air-to-air missiles AIM-9 Sidewinder short-ranged air-to-air missiles Ability to carry conventional and laser guided bombs ("Bombcat").
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9]
.The F-14's wing sweep can be varied between 20° and 68° in flight,[21] and can be automatically controlled by the Central Air Data Computer when the pilot selects "auto" wingsweep mode.^ Only the pilot has flight controls.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The wing sweep was controlled by a "Mach sweep programmer" that automatically moved the wings through the range of 20 degrees to 68 degrees sweep, as dictated by flight requirements.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The wing sweep is controlled by a "Mach sweep programmer" that automatically moves the wings through the range of 20 degrees to 68 degrees sweep, as dictated by flight requirements.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This maintains the wing sweep to give the optimum lift-to-drag ratio as the Mach number varies, but the system can be manually overridden by the pilot if necessary.^ This maintains the wing sweep to give the optimum lift-to-drag ratio as the Mach number varies, but the system can be manually overridden by the pilot if necessary.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Variable-sweep wings .
  • Category:F-14 Tomcat - Wikimedia Commons 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC commons.wikimedia.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The wing sweep is controlled by a "Mach sweep programmer" that automatically moves the wings through the range of 20 degrees to 68 degrees sweep, as dictated by flight requirements.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9] .When the aircraft is parked, the wings can be "overswept" to 75°, where they overlap the horizontal stabilizers to save space on crowded carrier decks.^ When the aircraft is parked, the wings can be "overswept" to 75°, where they overlap the tail to save space on tight carrier decks.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ CVN 75 and Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW 3) are currently on a six-month deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It has gone sproing off the deck of an aircraft carrier for the last time.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In an emergency, the F-14 can land with the wings fully swept to 68°,[9] although this is far from optimum and presents a significant safety hazard due to significantly increased airspeed.^ In an emergency, the F-14 can land with the wings fully swept to 68°, although this is far from optimum and presents a significant safety hazard.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 can also fly and land safely with the wings swept asymmetrically, in emergencies.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Navy decided to incorporate the GEC Marconi Digital Flight Control System (DFCS) into all F-14 aircraft to significantly improve flight safety.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.An aircraft is typically diverted from the aircraft carrier to a landing field ashore in the rare event that would occur.^ Land on aircraft carriers?
  • Military Aircraft Maintenance Costs (by Jeremy Zawodny) 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC jeremy.zawodny.com [Source type: General]

^ And what would seem like the most challenging part of the game turns into a simple task: landing the craft on the carrier.
  • IGN: F-14 Tomcat Review 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC gameboy.ign.com [Source type: General]

^ However, the Phoenix, nicknamed the "Buffalo" because of its size, is so heavy that a Tomcat can't carry six of them if the aircraft is to land on a carrier.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14 has also flown and landed safely with the wings swept asymmetrically even from an aircraft carrier in emergencies.^ F-14 landings and carrier launches.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Land on aircraft carriers?
  • Military Aircraft Maintenance Costs (by Jeremy Zawodny) 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC jeremy.zawodny.com [Source type: General]

^ The F-14 can also fly and land safely with the wings swept asymmetrically, in emergencies.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[22]
.The wings have a two-spar structure with integral fuel tanks.^ The wings have a two-spar structure with integral fuel tanks.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Two under-engine mount points are provided for external fuel tanks.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Internal fuel capacity is 2,400 US gallons (9100 L): 290 US gallons (1100 L) in each wing, 690 US gallons (2600 L) in a series of tanks aft of the cockpit, and a further 457 US gallons (1730 L) in two feeder tanks.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Much of the structure, including the wing box, wing pivots and upper and lower wing skins is made of titanium,[9] a light, rigid and strong material, but also difficult to weld, and costly.^ Much of the structure, including the wing box, wing pivots and upper and lower wing skins is made of titanium, a light, rigid and strong material, but also difficult to weld, and costly.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I started work on it in October 1968 as a design engineer in the VFX proposal and eventually did quite a bit of work designing the wing center section, an all titanium EB welded box.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The upper level box was glued in place and the upper screen, made from transparent styrene, was painted transparent green and glued in place.
  • Tamiya F14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.rollmodels.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Ailerons are not fitted, with roll control being provided by wing mounted spoilers at low speed (which are disabled if the sweep angle exceeds 57°), and by differential operation of the all-moving tailerons at high speed.^ The inboard flaps are of course disabled when wing sweep blocks their operation.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Ailerons are not fitted, with roll control being provided by wing mounted spoilers at low speed (which are disabled if the sweep angle exceeds 57°), and by differential operation of the all-moving tailerons at high speed.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Now all my Detail and Scales, Walkarounds and Lock Ons (Sorry Willy) are being moved to the back of the shelves.
  • KDCB003com.html 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC ultra.glo.be [Source type: General]

[9] .Full-span slats and flaps are used to increase lift both for landing and combat, with slats being set at 17° for landing and 7° for combat, while flaps are set at 35° for landing and 10° for combat.^ Full-span slats and flaps are used to increase lift both for landing and combat, with slats being set at 17° for landing and 7° for combat, while flaps are set at 35° for landing and 10° for combat.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For unswept, low-speed combat maneuvering, the outer 2 sections of trailing edge flaps can be deployed at 10 deg and the nearly full-span leading-edge slats are drooped to 8.5 deg.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The incorporation of DFCS increases safety, both during "edge-of-the-envelope" maneuvering flight and carrier landings.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9] .The twin tail layout helps in maneuvers at high AoA (angle of attack) while reducing the height of the aircraft to fit within the limited roof clearance of hangars aboard aircraft carriers.^ The twin tail layout helps in maneuvers at high AoA (angle of attack) while reducing the height of the aircraft to fit within the limited roof clearance of hangars aboard aircraft carriers.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 he was flying was an F-14A and the engines on that series were prone to compressor stalls when making high angle of attack maneuvers, at high speeds, in dense atmosphere (read: Low altitude).
  • F-14 Fly-By and Explosion Video (by Jeremy Zawodny) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC jeremy.zawodny.com [Source type: General]

^ The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-placed fighter designed to attack and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in all weather conditions, from carriers or shore based.
  • F-14 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryaviation.eu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat | ZAP16.COM 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Two under-engine nacelle mount points are provided for external fuel tanks carrying an additional 4,000 lb of fuel.^ The aircraft can carry two 269 US gallon (1020 L) external tanks under the nacelles.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Two under-engine mount points are provided for external fuel tanks.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The f-14A had two Pratt & Whitney TF-30 engines producing 20,900 lbs of thrust each with a total of 41,800 lbs of thrust.
  • F-14 Tomcat Fighter jets books and Book store. 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.yellowairplane.com [Source type: General]

.Two triangular shaped retractable surfaces, called glove vanes, were originally mounted in the forward part of the wing glove, and could be automatically extended by the flight control system at high Mach numbers.^ In the flight control system the number of caution and warning indicators was reduced.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Two retractable surfaces, called glove vanes, were originally mounted in the forward part of the wing glove, and could be automatically extended by the flight control system at high Mach numbers.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By the time the system debuted, it was the first swing-wing fighter to conduct full operational service flights from a moving carrier platform.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They were used to generate additional lift ahead of the aircraft's center of gravity, thus helping to compensate for the nose-down pitching tendencies at supersonic speeds.^ A stable airplane has a center of gravity ahead of its center of lift.
  • Should the F-14 live on? in Battle Stations in History Channel 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC boards.history.com [Source type: General]

^ The F-111 is neutral, with the center of gravity at its center of lift.
  • Should the F-14 live on? in Battle Stations in History Channel 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC boards.history.com [Source type: General]

^ They were used to generate additional lift ahead of the aircraft's center of gravity, thus helping to compensate for the nose-down pitching tendencies at supersonic speeds.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Automatically deployed at above Mach 1.4, they allowed the F-14 to pull 7.5 g at Mach 2 and could be manually extended with wings swept full aft.^ Automatically deployed at above Mach 1.4, they allowed the F-14 to pull 7.5 g at Mach 2 and could be manually extended at above Mach 1.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In combination with its large fuel capacity, varying the wing geometry allows the F-14 to maximize range and endurance in its primary air patrol and escort mission.
  • Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aerospaceweb.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The swept wing design of the Tomcat creates its trademark look, but the wings are versatile and can be extended or retracted for optimum performance.
  • F14 Tomcat - Airplanes Channel: Aircraft, Pilots, Heritage, Photos, Video, Events, News 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airplanes.com [Source type: General]

.They were later disabled, however, owing to their additional weight and complexity.^ They were later disabled, however, owing to their additional weight and complexity.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9]
.The air brakes consist of top-and-bottom extendable surfaces at the rearmost portion of the fuselage, between the engine nacelles.^ The airbrakes consist of top-and-bottom extendable surfaces at the rearmost portion of the fuselage, between the engine nacelles.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The twin engines are housed in nacelles below and slightly to the rear, with the fuselage smoothly blending into the shape of the exhaust nozzles.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It has twin tailplanes, two engines - at the time this was a must for carrier designs, in case one engine failed - angular air intakes that are mounted at the side of the fuselage, tricycle undercarriage, a pointy nose, a seat for the pilot, brakes, etc.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The bottom surface is split into left and right halves, with the arrestor hook hanging between the two halves.^ The bottom surface is split into left and right halves, with the arrestor hook hanging between the two halves.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I test fitted these between the left and right sides until I got it right, then added glue.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The airbrakes consist of top-and-bottom extendable surfaces at the rearmost portion of the fuselage, between the engine nacelles.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This arrangement is sometimes called the "castor tail",[23] or "beavertail".[24] The Tomcat has fully mechanical flying controls,[9] with the only exception being the spoilers, which are hydro-electrically driven.^ The magnet being the only exception.
  • Farmall F-14 Page 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.timwafer.com [Source type: General]

^ The Tomcat has fully mechanical flying controls, with the only exception being the spoilers, which are hydro-electrically driven.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Iran, which is facing strong Western opposition to its nuclear program, is the only country still flying the F-14, also called the Tomcat, since the U.S. military retired the plane in July.

Engines and landing gear

An F-14D prepares to refuel with probe extended.
.Two rectangular air intakes located under the wings fed two Pratt & Whitney TF30 (or JT10A) engines, which were relatively powerful for the time (5.670/9.480 kg/t) and being turbofans allowed reduced fuel consumption while cruising,[25] which was important for long patrol missions.^ These Pratt & Whitney JT10A's (better known as the TF30) were relatively powerful for the time (5.670/9.480 kg/t) and being turbofans, they allowed reduced fuel consumption while cruising, which was important for long patrol missions.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-111 was fitted with two Pratt & Whittney TF30 afterburning turbofans.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-412 turbofans .
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat - the full story from concept to service 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.wingweb.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Both air intakes have movable ramps and bleed doors that are operated by the air data computer to enable enough air to enter the engine while keeping shockwaves away from the engine.^ Both air intakes have movable ramps and bleed doors that are operated by the air data computer to enable enough air to enter the engine while keeping shockwaves away from the engine.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Return to Top The sharply raked, 2-dimensional 4-shock engine intakes have 2 variable-angle ramps, a bypass door in the intake roof, and a fixed ramp forward; exhaust nozzles are mechanically variable.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Perhaps the engines are better nowadays, or the wings are designed with better computers and can thus operate at greater extremes of speed.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The exhausts also feature variable nozzles with moving petals that open or close depending on engine state.^ The engines exhaust through mechanically variable, convergent-divergent nozzles.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The exhausts also feature variable nozzles with moving petals that open or close depending on engine state.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The flight control computer cycles the shut down engine exhaust fully closed in a attempt to increase thrust.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The TF30 engine left much to be desired both in power and reliability.^ The TF30 engines left much to be desired both in power and reliability.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If both engines are fully open (on a parked F-14A), it means they were shut down pretty much at the same time.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, these aircraft were hampered by inadequate Pratt & Whitney TF30 engines that limited the Tomcat's performance and reliability.
  • Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aerospaceweb.org [Source type: Reference]

.John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, told Congress that the F-14/TF30 combination was "probably the worst engine/airframe mismatch we have had in years" and said that the TF30 was "a terrible engine",[21][23] with F-14 accidents attributed to engine failures accounting for 28% of overall losses.^ John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy, told Congress that the F-14/TF30 combination was "probably the worst engine/airframe mismatch we have had in years" and said that the TF30 was "a terrible engine", with F-14 accidents attributed to engine failures accounting for 28% of overall losses.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fan blade losses caused several crashes before improved quality control and steel containment cases alleviated the worst consequences of engine failure.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryaviation.eu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat | ZAP16.COM 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Navy made the decision not to upgrade the engines because they would be too expensive to put in an aircraft which would be removed from service a few years after being re-engined.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Cracks in the turbines were dangerous to the point that the engine bay was reinforced in case of blade failure, to help reduce damage to the rest of the aircraft.^ Cracks in the turbines were dangerous to the point that the engine bay was reinforced in case of blade failure, to help reduce damage to the rest of the aircraft.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fan blade losses caused several crashes before improved quality control and steel containment cases alleviated the worst consequences of engine failure.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryaviation.eu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat | ZAP16.COM 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On several occasions, fan blades broke free from the shaft, damaging the surrounding airframe structure and systems and causing the loss of the aircraft.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AirToAirCombat.Com: F-14D Tomcat NorthropGrumman F-14A 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airtoaircombat.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The TF30 engines were also extremely prone to compressor stalls, which could easily result in loss of control due to the wide engine spacing, which causes severe yaw oscillations and can lead to an unrecoverable flat spin.^ At specific altitudes, the exhaust from a launched missile could cause the engine compressor to stall.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The TF30 engines were also extremely prone to compressor stalls, which could easily result in loss of control due to the wide engine spacing, which causes severe yaw oscillations and can lead to an unrecoverable flat spin.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fan blade losses caused several crashes before improved quality control and steel containment cases alleviated the worst consequences of engine failure.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryaviation.eu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat | ZAP16.COM 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.zap16.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.At specific altitudes, the exhaust from a launched missile could cause the engine compressor to stall.^ At specific altitudes, the exhaust from a launched missile could cause the engine compressor to stall.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The TF30 engines were also extremely prone to compressor stalls, which could easily result in loss of control due to the wide engine spacing, which causes severe yaw oscillations and can lead to an unrecoverable flat spin.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Specifically, the Vietnam war had taught the U.S. Navy that interceptor s could not just be extremely fast missile trucks with low maneuverablility .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This resulted in the development of a bleed system that temporarily reduced the power of the engine and blocked the frontal intake during missile launch.^ This resulted in the development of a bleed system that temporarily reduced the power of the engine and blocked the frontal intake during missile launch.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Both air intakes have movable ramps and bleed doors that are operated by the air data computer to enable enough air to enter the engine while keeping shockwaves away from the engine.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At specific altitudes, the exhaust from a launched missile could cause the engine compressor to stall.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The overall thrust-to-weight ratio at maximum takeoff weight is around 0.56, which does not compare favorably with the F-15A's ratio of 0.85.[26] Even so, the aircraft had an official maximum speed of Mach 2.34.[26] Internal fuel capacity is 2,400 US gallons (9,100 L): 290 US gallons (1,100 L) in each wing, 690 US gallons (2,600 L) in a series of tanks aft of the cockpit, and a further 457 US gallons (1,730 L) in two feeder tanks.^ The overall thrust-to-weight ratio at maximum load is around 0.56, which does not compare favorably with the F-15A's ratio of 0.85.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The wings have a two-spar structure with integral fuel tanks.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Even so, the aircraft itself is able to reach Mach 2.4, and the maximum speed is officially Mach 2.34.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It can carry two 267 US gallon (1,020 L) external drop tanks under the engine intakes.^ A single external tank with a capacity of 1,011 liters (267 US gallons) could be carried under each engine pod.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A single external tank with a capacity of 1,011 liters (267 US gallons) can be carried under each engine pod.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aircraft can carry two 269 US gallon (1020 L) external tanks under the nacelles.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9] .There is also an air-to-air refueling probe, which folds into the starboard nose.^ There is also an air-to-air refueling probe, which folds into the starboard nose.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A retractable inflight refueling probe is fitted to the right side of the nose.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A retractable inflight refueling probe was fitted to the right side of the nose.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14 with the General Electric F110 engines had a thrust-to-weight ratio of 0.73 at maximum weight, and 0.88 at normal takeoff weight.^ The F-14B, introduced in November 1987, incorporated new General Electric F-110 engines.
  • Grumman Memorial Park History Center 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.grummanpark.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The adoption of the F110 engine was late in the F-14's production cycle; Dick Cheney cancelled the program fairly early in the GHW Bush Administration.
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later models of the F-14 used 2 General Electric F110 engines producing, in afterburner, 27,000 lbs each and a total of 54,000 lbs of thrust.
  • F-14 Tomcat Fighter jets books and Book store. 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.yellowairplane.com [Source type: General]
  • F-14 Tomcat Military Fighter Jets, Aviation Art, Prints, Posters and F-14 Airplane Gifts. 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC yellowairplane.com [Source type: General]

[26]
F-14 with landing gear deployed
.The undercarriage is very robust, in order to withstand the harsh takeoffs and landings necessary for carrier operation.^ The undercarriage is very robust, in order to withstand the harsh takeoffs and landings necessary for carrier operation.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In fact, while the F-14 can carry up to six of the vaunted Phoenix missiles, it is very rarely flown in this configuration as the aircraft's weight when carrying the six missiles exceeds its maximum carrier landing weight.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, the aircraft was heavy enough that in order to takeoff from a short carrier deck , the use of afterburner s was required.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It comprises a double nose wheel and widely spaced single main wheels.^ It comprises a double nose wheel and widely spaced single main wheels.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The main single-wheel landing gear retract forward into the wing gloves, rotating 90 degrees to lie flat.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The main single-wheel landing gear retracted forward into the wing gloves, rotating 90 degrees to lie flat.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The result is very different from the narrow and high undercarriage of F-15 Eagle.^ The result is very different from the narrow and high undercarriage of F-15 Eagle .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-15 Eagle Fighter [28 pics] The F-15's superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle are both superfighters but they were designed with different requirements in mind.
  • F-14:US Fighter Speed King — Military Forum | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: General]

.Both have similar weights and a high wing that makes undercarriage stowage impractical.^ Both have similar weights and a high wing that makes undercarriage stowage impractical.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-15 Eagle Fighter [28 pics] The F-15's superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is very aerobatic and is well-mannered at both low speeds and high speeds (and with the wings both swept and unswept).
  • F-14 Tomcat Park Jet - RC Groups 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.rcgroups.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Tomcat fuselage is wider and the aircraft does not need to hold big external fuel tanks, as the Eagle often does, in the ventral positions.^ The Tomcat fuselage is wider and the aircraft does not need to hold big external fuel tanks, as the Eagle often does, in the ventral positions.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Armed with four Phoenix, two Sparrows, two Sidewinders, and two external fuel tanks, the Tomcat can loiter on combat air patrol for 90 minutes 280 km from the carrier, or for an hour at a range of 470 km from the carrier.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • AirToAirCombat.Com: F-14D Tomcat NorthropGrumman F-14A 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airtoaircombat.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are two basic external configurations for the F-22: Four 600 gallon fuel tanks, no external weapons: This configuration is used when the aircraft is being ferried and extra range is needed.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are no hardpoints on the sweeping parts of the wings, and so all the armaments are fitted on the belly between the air intakes and on pylons under the wing gloves.^ There are no hardpoints on the sweeping parts of the wings, and so all the armaments are fitted on the belly between the air intakes and on pylons under the wing gloves.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There's no music but you can hear the difference between low engine power and high engine power.
  • Amazon.com: F-14 Tomcat: Nintendo Gameboy Advance: Video Games 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Ailerons are not fitted, with roll control being provided by wing mounted spoilers at low speed (which are disabled if the sweep angle exceeds 57°), and by differential operation of the all-moving tailerons at high speed.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[27]

Avionics and flight controls

.The cockpit has two seats, arranged in tandem.^ Avionics and flight controls The cockpit has two seats, arranged in tandem.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The cockpit has two seats, arranged in tandem.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 has a two seat cockpit with a canopy that affords 360 degree visibility.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The pilot and radar intercept officer (RIO) sit in Martin-Baker GRU-7A rocket-propelled ejection seats, rated from zero altitude and zero airspeed up to 450 knots.^ Martin-Baker GRU-7A rocket-assisted zero-zero.

^ Crew: Two (pilot and radar intercept officer).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14A is a big aircraft, with tandem seating for a pilot in front and radar intercept officer (RIO) in back on Martin-Baker GRU-7A "zero-zero (zero speed, zero altitude)" ejection seats.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[28] .They have a 360° view in a canopy that is also fitted with four mirrors, one for the RIO and the others for the pilot.^ They have a 360° view in a canopy that is also fitted with four mirrors, one for the RIO and the others for the pilot.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Originally posted by david_r: The F-35 still has the one fatal flaw of the F-18, F-14, and every other previous attack and fighter aircraft: The pilot.
  • What will replace F-14? - Topic Powered by Social Strata 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 still has the one fatal flaw of the F-18, F-14, and every other previous attack and fighter aircraft: The pilot.
  • What will replace F-14? - Topic Powered by Social Strata 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The canopy is still fairly traditional; being in three parts, but the overall structure is large and gives good visibility.^ The canopy is still fairly traditional; being in three parts, but the overall structure is large and gives good visibility.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On Wednesday the last of the F-14 Tomcats still in service were being flown at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia as part of the goodbye ceremonies .
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

.The crews have classical controls and many older instruments, with an analog-digital hybrid lay out.^ The crews have classical controls and many older instruments, with an analog-digital hybrid lay out.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The idea behind DFCS was to replace the Tomcat's old analog flight-control system with a modern digital FCS featuring advanced software.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Only the pilot has flight controls.^ Only the pilot has flight controls.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I was the pilot of an F-14 that had a catastophic engine failure resulting in extreme internal aircraft damage and fire leading to the aircraft departing controlled flight.

^ This was the only time I saw a flight deck design so intensely pilot-mission focused.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9] .No dual control version was ever made for the F-14, so the pilot starts to learn how to fly the machine using other aircraft and simulators.^ No other nation used the F-14 and very few nations have aircraft carriers.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No dual control version was ever made for the F-14, so the pilot starts to learn how to fly the machine using other aircraft and simulators.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It was piloted by Lt Blake Coleman & Lt Cmdr Dave Lauderbaugh as RIO. The last trap recovery was made a while before by Lt Chris Rattigan and LT Paul Dort, on aircraft no.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The main control systems are a HUD made by Kaiser, a VDI and a HSD display, that gives data on airspeed, navigation and other information.^ The main control systems are a HUD made by Kaiser, a VSI and a HSI display, that gives data on airspeed, navigation and other information.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To the fore is the main panel, which holds the engine instruments, many backup indicators for things which are primarily visible on the HUD, the VDI (the top display) and the HSD (bottom screen).
  • Iris Simulations - The F-14 Tomcat for FSX SP2 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vfrreviews.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sixty "core" F-14A Aircraft are being upgraded with the AN/ALR-67 Countermeasure Warning and Control System, LANTIRN and the Programmable Tactical Information Display (PTID).
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14A and F-14B Tomcat do not have multi-mode displays, unlike the later F-16s and F/A-18s.^ The F-14A and F-14B Tomcat do not have multi-mode displays, unlike the later F-16s and F/A-18s.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Now, two years later, we have taken on board the many comments we received from our customers and have put together a Tomcat package quite unlike any other.
  • simMarket: IRIS PRO SERIES - F-14 TOMCAT 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC secure.simmarket.com [Source type: General]

^ Later, the TF-30 engines were replaced with the F101DFE (later renamed F110) engine, an afterburning turbofan derived from the F101 engine used in the B-1 Lancer in the F-14A+, F-14B and F-14D models.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Tomcat was also notable for its Central Air Data Computer, the integrated flight control system used in the early versions of the fighter.^ While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By the time the system debuted, it was the first swing-wing fighter to conduct full operational service flights from a moving carrier platform.
  • Grumman F-14 Tomcat - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Also, Air Force F-15's and F-16's were used as much because even with in-flight refueling, they needed a middle eastern ground base.
  • F-14 v. F-15 in Wars in History Channel 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC boards.history.com [Source type: General]

.It used a MOS-based LSI chipset, the MP944, making it a candidate for the first microprocessor design in history.The CADC was designed and built by Garrett AiResearch.^ The first is the Messerschmitt P 1101 a prototype airplane built by the Nazis that ranks as the first variable geometry jet fighter in history.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Microprocessor , Microprocessor - History , Microprocessor - The first microprocessors , Microprocessor - Notable 8-bit designs , Microprocessor - 16-bit designs , Microprocessor - 32-bit designs , Microprocessor - 64-bit microchips on the desktop , Microprocessor - RISC , Microprocessor - Special-purpose microprocessors , Microprocessor - Design concepts , Microprocessor - Market statistics , Microprocessor - Common µPs; architectures , Microprocessor - Notes .

^ Woods convinced fellow management at Bell that the design had merit, and his efforts culminated in the 1951 first flight of the X-5, an experimental craft used by the U.S. military.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[29]
.The nose of the aircraft is large because it carries not only the two person crew, but also a large number of avionics systems.^ The nose of the aircraft is large because it carries not only the two person crew, but also a large number of avionics systems.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Iran developed a domestic avionics industry in large part to produce domestically the spare parts needed to keep its Western-bloc aircraft flying.
  • Amazon.com: Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft) (9781841767871): Tom Cooper, Chris Davey: Books 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ However, the Phoenix, nicknamed the "Buffalo" because of its size, is so heavy that a Tomcat can't carry six of them if the aircraft is to land on a carrier.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The ECM and navigation suite are extremely comprehensive and complex.^ The ECM and navigation suite are extremely comprehensive and complex.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The main element is the Hughes AWG-9 X-band radar, which in the initial version included a lightweight 5400B digital system[9] with 32 kilobytes of RAM.^ The main element is the Hughes AWG-9 X-band radar, which in the initial version included a lightweight 5400B digital system with 32 kilobytes of RAM. The antenna dish is a 36-inch (91 cm) wide planar array, uses 10 kW of power, and has integrated IFF antennas.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The upgrade included digital avionics, improved cockpit displays, structural improvements and improved defensive systems.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It would have been foolish for the Navy to do otherwise at that point because we’d had the experience integrating the AWG-9 radar system that Hughes put together on the F-111B. We took the F-14’s system right out of the F-111B. .
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The antenna dish is a 36-inch (91 cm) wide planar array, uses 10 kW of power, and has integrated IFF antennas.^ The main element is the Hughes AWG-9 X-band radar, which in the initial version included a lightweight 5400B digital system with 32 kilobytes of RAM. The antenna dish is a 36-inch (91 cm) wide planar array, uses 10 kW of power, and has integrated IFF antennas.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The antenna's slotted, planar array measured 36 inches (914 mm) in diameter.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To the antenna is mounted the Identification Friend Foe (IFF) system made up of 2 rows of 6 dipole arrays.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are available several search and tracking modes, such as Track-While-Scan (TWS), Range-While-Search (RWS), Pulse-Doppler Single-Target Track (PDSTT), and Jam Angle Track (JAT).^ The camera will track targets locked up in PDSTT or highlighted in TWS mode.
  • A PLAYER'S GUIDE TO FLEET DEFENDER 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ibiblio.org [Source type: General]

^ There are available several search and tracking modes, such as Track-While-Scan (TWS), Range-While-Search (RWS), Pulse-Doppler Single-Target Track (PDSTT), and Jam Angle Track (JAT).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Pulse-Doppler Single-Target Track mode (PDSTT) provides a very reliable method for maintaining a lock against hard-maneuvering targets at ranges up to 80 miles (128 km) from the aircraft.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A maximum of 24 targets can be tracked simultaneously, and six can be engaged in TWS mode up to around 60 miles (100 km).^ The radar could search while tracking 24 targets, and engage six targets simultaneously.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Will it be able to track 24 targets and fire at (a couple of) them from over a hundred miles away?
  • What will replace F-14? - Topic Powered by Social Strata 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The radar can search while tracking 24 targets, and engage six targets simultaneously.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Pulse-only STT mode has a maximum range of around 96 statute miles (150 km).^ There is also a "single target" mode with a maximum range of around 96 statute miles (150 km).
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pulse-only STT mode has a maximum range of around 96 statute miles (150 km).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Effective up to a range of 35 miles (55 km), Raid Assessment uses Doppler beam sharpening to provide increased resolution of the patch of airspace around the group.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The maximum search range can exceed 120 statute miles (190 km) and even a fighter can be locked onto at around 72 - 90 statute miles (120–140 km).^ The maximum search range can exceed 120 statute miles (190 km) and even a fighter can be locked onto at around 72 - 90 statute miles (120–140 km).
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There is also a "single target" mode with a maximum range of around 96 statute miles (150 km).
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pulse-only STT mode has a maximum range of around 96 statute miles (150 km).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Cruise missiles are also possible targets with the AWG-9, since this radar can lock onto and track even small objects at low altitude when in a Pulse-Doppler mode.^ Cruise missiles are also possible targets with the AWG-9, since this radar can lock onto and track even small objects at low altitude when in a Pulse-Doppler mode.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Here is a rare video, showing Iranian Tomcats in 1970's, testing the phoenix missiles , showing the F-14 radar while scanning and tracking 4 targets and shooting them, setting up the AIM-54 missiles,Iranian F-14 pilots, instructional flights and in flight refueling, 2 tomcats refueling simultaneously […] .
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its radar can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as 80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the radar of any other fighter jet.

[9] .The radar antenna dish is in the nose, and most of the radar avionics are located just behind the nose, near the pilot's position.^ The radar antenna dish is in the nose, and most of the radar avionics are located just behind the nose, near the pilot's position.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The unit consists of a television camera fitted with a stabilized telephoto lens whose image appears on a screen mounted just above the pilot's radar display.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its general arrangement consists of a long nacelle containing the large nose radar and 2 crew positions extending well forward and above the widely spaced engines.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Other avionics (such as IFF, communication radios, direction-finding equipment, etc) are near the RIO's position, and are mostly integrated into the AWG-9 display system.^ Other avionics (such as IFF, communication radios, direction-finding equipment, etc) are near the RIO's position, and are mostly integrated into the AWG-9 display system.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Other stock avionics included a UHF radio; identification friend or foe (IFF) transponder and interrogator; an inertial navigation system (INS); a TACAN beacon-navigation system; an automatic direction finder; and a radar altimeter.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Comanche mission equipment package consists of a turret-mounted cannon, night-vision pilotage system, helmet-mounted display, electro-optical target acquisition and designation system, aided target recognition, and integrated communication/navigation/identification avionics system.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Tomcats also feature electronic countermeasures (ECM) and radar warning (RWR) systems, chaff/flare dispensers in the tail, fighter-to-fighter data link, and a precise inertial navigation system.^ The early navigation system was purely inertial.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat's ESM system consists of many subsystems: RWR, ECM, and chaff/flare dispensers in various parts of the fuselage, nose, tail and wings.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tomcats also feature electronic countermeasures (ECM) and radar warning (RWR) systems, chaff/flare dispensers in the tail, fighter-to-fighter data link, and a precise inertial navigation system.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9] .The early navigation system was purely inertial.^ The early navigation system was purely inertial.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An inertial navigation system enables the Eagle to navigate anywhere in the world.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later, GPS was integrated into this inertial system, providing not only more precise navigation, but providing redundancy in case either system failed.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Initial coordinates were programmed into the navigation computer, and a gyroscope in the system would track the aircraft's every motion.^ Initial coordinates were programmed into the navigation computer, and a gyroscope in the system would track the aircraft's every motion.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Admiral Tom Conally was initially in charge of the F-14 program for the Navy, and the fighter was initially given the unofficial nickname of "Tom's Cat", which eventually evolved into the official nickname, "Tomcat".
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Initially, it was proposed that this modification would only be applied to the preproduction flight-test F-14 aircraft while a redesign of the wing cover could be accomplished.
  • Partners in Freedom 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC oea.larc.nasa.gov [Source type: Academic]

.These aircraft motions were sent to the navigation computer, allowing it to calculate the jet's distance and direction from the initial starting point.^ These aircraft motions were sent to the navigation computer, allowing it to calculate the jet's distance and direction from the initial starting point.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The RWR system was arranged with 4 antennae around the aircraft, and could roughly calculate the direction and the distance of many different types of radar from various aircraft and missile types.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ My point is, based on these two articles, that the F-15 is not a true mach 2.5 aircraft in production configuration, and the F-14 is.
  • F-14:US Fighter Speed King — Military Forum | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: General]

.Later, GPS was integrated into this inertial system, providing not only more precise navigation, but providing redundancy in case either system failed.^ The early navigation system was purely inertial.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later, GPS was integrated into this inertial system, providing not only more precise navigation, but providing redundancy in case either system failed.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Introduced in 1996, the Tomcat's version of LANTIRN not only included an infrared sensor and laser rangefinder but added inertial navigation and GPS equipment, improving accuracy.
  • Tomcat Tribute | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: General]

.The chaff/flare dispensers were located on the belly, at the very tip of the tail, just to one side of the arresting hook.^ The chaff/flare dispensers were located on the belly, at the very tip of the tail, just to one side of the arresting hook.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There is a stinger-type arresting hook on the belly between the engine exhausts.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat's ESM system consists of many subsystems: RWR, ECM, and chaff/flare dispensers in various parts of the fuselage, nose, tail and wings.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The dispenser contained several cylinders, into which either flares or chaff could be loaded in any combination.^ The dispenser contained several cylinders, into which either flares or chaff could be loaded in any combination.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The chaff/flare dispensers were located on the belly, at the very tip of the tail, just to one side of the arresting hook.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat's ESM system consists of many subsystems: RWR, ECM, and chaff/flare dispensers in various parts of the fuselage, nose, tail and wings.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The RWR system was arranged with 4 antennae around the aircraft, and could roughly calculate the direction and the distance of many different types of radar from various aircraft and missile types.^ The RWR system was arranged with 4 antennae around the aircraft, and could roughly calculate the direction and the distance of many different types of radar from various aircraft and missile types.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The RWR set could also display the status of the tracking aircraft's radar.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The end result was an aircraft that could journey far from the carrier, spot the enemy from a great distance, and deliver a killing blow while the target was still far from the aircraft, even farther from the carrier.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The RWR set could also display the status of the tracking aircraft's radar.^ The RWR set could also display the status of the tracking aircraft's radar.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The radar could search while tracking 24 targets, and engage six targets simultaneously.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The RWR system was arranged with 4 antennae around the aircraft, and could roughly calculate the direction and the distance of many different types of radar from various aircraft and missile types.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[30] .It could differentiate between search radar, tracking radar, and missile-homing radar.^ It could differentiate between search radar, tracking radar, and missile-homing radar.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The radar could search while tracking 24 targets, and engage six targets simultaneously.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The RWR system was arranged with 4 antennae around the aircraft, and could roughly calculate the direction and the distance of many different types of radar from various aircraft and missile types.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The electronic countermeasures system could analyze incoming radar signals and send confusing radar signals back to the source.^ The electronic countermeasures system could analyze incoming radar signals and send confusing radar signals back to the source.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-15's electronic warfare system provides both threat warning and automatic countermeasures against selected threats.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The RWR system was arranged with 4 antennae around the aircraft, and could roughly calculate the direction and the distance of many different types of radar from various aircraft and missile types.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The original set of sensors also comprised an infrared sensor under the nose in a "chin pod": it was AN/ALR-23 with indium antimonide detectors, cooled by a self-contained Stirling cycle cryogenic system, but this proved ineffective, and was replaced with a new system.^ The original set of sensors also comprised an infrared sensor under the nose in a "chin pod": it was AN/ALR-23 with indium antimonide detectors, cooled by a self-contained Stirling-cycle cryogenic system, but this proved ineffective, and was replaced with a new system.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Originally, the F-14A featured a similar IR system in the AN/ALR-23 infrared detection set.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The nose doors proved most challenging as I was replacing the molded screens with ones from the PE set.
  • Tamiya F14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.rollmodels.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This was an optical system, Northrop AAX-1, also called TCS (TV Camera Set) and was used to help pilots visually identify and track aircraft, at least on day missions,[9] up to a range of more than 60 miles for large aircraft (a zoom function was included to help with small fighters).^ This was an optical system, Northrop AAX-1, also called TCS (TV Camera Set) and was used to help pilots visually identify and track aircraft, at least on day missions, up to a range of more than 60 miles for large aircraft (a zoom function was included to help with small fighters).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A Northrop AN/AXX-1 Television Camera Set (TCS) is used for visual target identification at long ranges.
  • Federation of American Scientists :: F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fas.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The newer, bigger Reaper UAVs boast a 3,682-mile range and a relative arsenal, including Hellfires, Sidewinder missiles and 500-pound laser guided bombs -- a potent enough package that the Air Force is now training more pilots to fly aircraft from ground operations centers than from cockpits.
  • Keith Thomson: Drone Porn: The Newest YouTube Hit 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The TCS could be "slaved" to the radar to follow whatever the radar is tracking, and the radar could be slaved to the TCS to track whatever the camera "sees."^ The TCS could be "slaved" to the radar to follow whatever the radar is tracking, and the radar could be slaved to the TCS to track whatever the camera "sees."
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The television camera could be slaved to the AWG-9 radar and used to obtain a magnified image of the target, thus greatly aiding in positive target identification at long ranges.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The radar could search while tracking 24 targets, and engage six targets simultaneously.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Both the crew have access to the images on their displays.^ Both the crew have access to the images on their displays.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Despite its utility, for a long time most F-14s did not have the system added.^ Despite its utility, for a long time most F-14s did not have the system added.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its AIM-54 Phoenix missiles had an exceptionally long range of over 100 nautical miles, five times the range of its most obvious modern-day equivalent, the AIM-120 .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Bill Gunston reported that even in 1983, only one in eight aircraft had the system fitted.^ Bill Gunston reported that even in 1983 this lack meant that only one in eight aircraft had the system fitted.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With a design dating back to the early Seventies, it remains one of the US Navy's premier aircraft, even today.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The nose of the aircraft is large because it carries not only the two person crew, but also a large number of avionics systems.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[31]
.A dual IR/TCS system was adopted for the later F-14D variant,[32] with an ECM antenna fitted as well in the same mast.^ A dual IR/TCS system was adopted for the later F-14D variant, with an ECM antenna fitted as well in the same mast.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Variants: F-14A - basic TF30 -engined fleet fighter; F-14B - F110 engines by retrofit(originally designated F-14A Plus ); F-14D - new-build and retrofit with upgraded engines , dual undernose TCS/IRST fairings and strike capability.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The IRST and TCS sensors are fitted in a distinctive dual chin pod that provides a recognition item for the F-14D relative to the F-14A, at least when viewed from head-on where the pod's "double-barreled" appearance is obvious.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This meant Tomcats could be configured with only an ECM antenna, or the IR sensor, or TCS, or many combinations thereof.^ This meant Tomcats could be configured with only an ECM antenna, or the IR sensor, or TCS, or many combinations thereof.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Introduced in 1996, the Tomcat's version of LANTIRN not only included an infrared sensor and laser rangefinder but added inertial navigation and GPS equipment, improving accuracy.
  • Tomcat Tribute | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: General]

^ In principle, the Tomcat, which was the only aircraft to ever carry the Phoenix operationally, could carry six Phoenix missiles, with four carried in the fuselage "tunnel" between the engines and two on wing pylons.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Tomcat's ESM system consists of many subsystems: RWR, ECM, and chaff/flare dispensers in various parts of the fuselage, nose, tail and wings.^ The Tomcat's ESM system consists of many subsystems: RWR, ECM, and chaff/flare dispensers in various parts of the fuselage, nose, tail and wings.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And also even though it is relativaly the same size as the Tomcat it is minus the weight of the variable sweep wing box and mechanisms, the heavy landing gear and tail hook, the two seat cockpit with associated weight etc.
  • F-14:US Fighter Speed King — Military Forum | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: General]

^ The F-14A was originally also fitted with an AN/APR-45 radar warning receiver (RWR) system; AN/ALQ-126 deception jammers, with antennas in the tips of the horizontal tailplane and under the nose; and AN/ALE-39 chaff-flare dispensers, mounted under a "boattail" fixture on the end of the fuselage.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

This was a marked difference with many previous fighter aircraft in that some did not even include a simple RWR.

Armament

.The Tomcat was originally designed to combat both highly maneuverable aircraft and the Soviet cruise missile/bomber threat.^ The Tomcat was originally designed to combat both highly maneuverable aircraft and the Soviet cruise missile/bomber threat.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Armament The Tomcat was originally designed to combat both highly maneuverable aircraft and the Soviet cruise missile/bomber threat.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The original Tomcat design was for a pure air defense fighter employing long range Phoenix missiles to protect Carrier Groups from any perceived aerial threat.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[19] .As a result, the aircraft was designed to act effectively in every aspect of air combat.^ As a result, the aircraft was designed to act effectively in every aspect of air combat.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The test and training program is evaluating the aircraft to ensure it will operate as designed and meet Air Combat Command's requirements.
  • Navy F-14 Tomcat - Guru3D.com Forums 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC forums.guru3d.com [Source type: General]

^ Armament The Tomcat was originally designed to combat both highly maneuverable aircraft and the Soviet cruise missile/bomber threat.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.For weaponry, the Tomcat was designed as a platform for the formidable AIM-54 Phoenix, but unlike the stillborn F-111B it could also engage medium and short range threats.^ For weaponry, the Tomcat was mainly designed as a platform for the formidable AIM-54 Phoenix, but unlike the stillborn F-111B it could also engage medium and short range threats.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ AIM-54 Phoenix .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The original Tomcat design was for a pure air defense fighter employing long range Phoenix missiles to protect Carrier Groups from any perceived aerial threat.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[17][19][20] .As such, the F-14 was a full air superiority fighter and not only a long range interceptor.^ As such, the F-14 was a full air superiority fighter and not only a long range interceptor.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Overview The F-14 Tomcat was designed as both an air superiority fighter and a long range, naval interceptor.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 Tomcat was designed as both an air superiority fighter and a long range, naval interceptor.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[19] .It had the standard US gun, the M61 Vulcan, with 676 rounds and 4,000 or 6,000 RPM selectable (although the latter is rarely used due to jamming and overheating issues).^ It had the standard US gun, the M61 Vulcan, with 676 rounds and 4,000 or 6,000 RPM selectable (the latter usually for air-to ground missions).
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Over 6,700 kg of stores could be carried for combat missions in several hard points under the belly and on wing-mounted hardpoints.^ Over 6,700 kg of stores could be carried for combat missions in several hard points under the belly and on wing-mounted hardpoints.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Notes: CARRIER-BASED, fighter with modified phoenix weapon system for fleet air defense, escort, combat air patrol, air superiority, and interdiction missions (2 CREW) .
  • Aircraft: Grumman F-14A Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aero-web.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Up to 6 Phoenix missiles can be carried on 4 fuselage stations between the engines and on 2 pylons fitted on the fixed portion of the wing; 2 Sidewinder AAM can be carried on the wing pylons above the Phoenix mount.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Commonly, this meant a maximum of two - four Phoenixes or Sparrows on the belly stations, two Phoenixes/Sparrows on the wing hardpoints, and two Sidewinders on the wing hardpoints.^ Commonly, this meant a maximum of two - four Phoenixs or Sparrows on the belly stations, two Phoenixs/Sparrows on the wing hardpoints, and two Sidewinders on the wing hardpoints.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Armed with four Phoenix, two Sparrows, two Sidewinders, and two external fuel tanks, the Tomcat can loiter on combat air patrol for 90 minutes 280 km from the carrier, or for an hour at a range of 470 km from the carrier.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon; four AIM-7 Sparrow or four AIM-54 Phoenix under fuselage; four AIM-9 Sidewinder or two AIM-9 and two AIM-7 / AIM-54 on wing pylons.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

On occasion, four AIM-7 Sparrows (on the belly) and four AIM-9 Sidewinders (on the wingmounts) were carried, similar to the F-4 and F-15.
.The maximum load of six Phoenix missiles was never used operationally.^ The theoretical maximum load of six Phoenix missiles was so heavy that such a combination was never used operationally.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In fact, while the F-14 can carry up to six of the vaunted Phoenix missiles, it is very rarely flown in this configuration as the aircraft's weight when carrying the six missiles exceeds its maximum carrier landing weight.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There were many test firings of the Phoenix that demonstrated a high kill ratio, including a test performed in 1973 with a Tomcat ripple-firing six Phoenix missiles to destroy six targets.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Although early testing proved it was possible, there was never a threat requirement to engage six hostile targets simultaneously and the load was too heavy to recover aboard an aircraft carrier.^ The radar can search while tracking 24 targets, and engage six targets simultaneously.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This meant the capability to engage six targets went unused, although early testing proved it was possible and the F-14 was never operationally required to engage six hostile targets simultaneously.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The end result was an aircraft that could journey far from the carrier, spot the enemy from a great distance, and deliver a killing blow while the target was still far from the aircraft, even farther from the carrier.
  • Air Power Analysis: F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.jolly-rogers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Phoenix missile has been used twice in combat situations with the US Navy, both over Iraq in 1999,[33][34][35] but the missiles didn't score any kills.^ While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There were many test firings of the Phoenix that demonstrated a high kill ratio, including a test performed in 1973 with a Tomcat ripple-firing six Phoenix missiles to destroy six targets.
  • [1.0] Creating The Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat was originally designed to combat both highly maneuverable aircraft and the Soviet cruise missile/bomber threat.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.During the height of Cold War operations in the late 1970s and 1980s, the typical weapon loadout on carrier-deployed F-14s was rarely more than one AIM-54 Phoenix, normally augmented by two AIM-9 Sidewinders, two AIM-7 Sparrow IIIs, a full loadout of 20 mm ammunition for the M61 cannon and two drop tanks.^ AIM-54 PHOENIX .
  • CUSTOM ORDER: F-14 TOMCAT US NAVY - CUSTOM-F14-USN 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.squadrontoys.com [Source type: General]

^ One 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon; four AIM-7 Sparrow or four AIM-54 Phoenix under fuselage; four AIM-9 Sidewinder or two AIM-9 and two AIM-7 / AIM-54 on wing pylons.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ AIM-54 Phoenix .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Operational history

.The F-14 Tomcat was the Navy's primary air superiority fighter and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1972 to 2006. The F-14 has served in Iran's Air Force from 1978 to the present day.^ The F-14 was the United States Navy's primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Operational history See also: Combat history of the F-14 The F-14 Tomcat was the Navy's primary air superiority fighter and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1972 to 2006.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

United States Navy

An F-14A of VF-84 Jolly Rogers, in a 1970s color scheme.
.The F-14 began replacing the F-4 Phantom II in USN service starting in September 1974 with squadrons VF-1 Wolfpack and VF-2 Bounty Hunters aboard USS Enterprise and participated in the American withdrawal from Saigon.^ United States Navy An F-14A of VF-84 Jolly Rogers, in a 1970s color scheme.The F-14 began replacing the F-4 Phantom II in USN service starting in September 1974 with squadrons VF-1 Wolfpack and VF-2 Bounty Hunters aboard USS Enterprise and participated in the American withdrawal of Saigon.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat entered operational service with Navy fighter squadrons VF-1 Wolfpack and VF-2 Bounty Hunters aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in September 1974.
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 will be retired from service on September of this year.
  • A Tomcat Tribute | SPIKE 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

.The F-14 had its first kills on 19 August 1981 over the Gulf of Sidra in what is known as the Gulf of Sidra incident after two F-14s from VF-41 Black Aces were engaged by two Libyan Su-22 "Fitters".^ VF-41 "Black Aces" Converted from F-4J to F-14A in 1976.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ VF-41 Black Aces Gulf of Sidra Su-22 killers: 160403/AJ/101 or 102, 160390/AJ/107 .
  • 1/72 F-14 Tomcat. The Definitive 1/72 Scale Model Census. 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.72scale.com [Source type: Academic]

^ VF-41 Black Aces .
  • 1/72 F-14 Tomcat. The Definitive 1/72 Scale Model Census. 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.72scale.com [Source type: Academic]

.The F-14s evaded the short range heat seeking AA-2 "Atoll" missile and returned fire, downing both Libyan aircraft.^ The F-14s evaded the short range heat seeking AA-2 "Atoll" missile and returned fire, downing both Libyan aircraft.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat was originally designed to combat both highly maneuverable aircraft and the Soviet cruise missile/bomber threat.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Apparently the Iraqi fighters were at extreme range and just trying to be an nuisance, and the missiles were mainly fired to suggest that the Iraqis get lost.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.U.S. Navy F-14s once again were pitted against Libyan aircraft on 4 January 1989, when two F-14s from VF-32 shot down two Libyan MiG-23 "Floggers" over the Gulf of Sidra in a second Gulf of Sidra incident.^ U.S. Navy F-14s once again were pitted against Libyan aircraft on 4 January 1989, when two F-14s from VF-32 shot down two Libyan MiG-23 "Floggers" over the Gulf of Sidra in a second Gulf of Sidra incident.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 - Libyan MiG-23 Engagement .
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On January 4, 1989, two F-14As (BuNos 159437 and 159610) from VF-32 flying off the John F. Kennedy (CV-67) shot down a pair of Libyan MiG-23 Floggers.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Despite the attention given to the Tomcat over aerial encounters in the Gulf of Sidra, its first sustained combat baptism of fire was as a photo reconnaissance platform.^ Despite the attention given to the Tomcat over aerial encounters in the Gulf of Sidra, its first sustained combat baptism of fire was as a photo reconnaissance platform.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At first glance, this volume in Osprey's Combat Aircraft series seems pretty exciting, given the paucity of information upon this still-relevant aircraft.
  • Amazon.com: Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft) (9781841767871): Tom Cooper, Chris Davey: Books 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Operational history See also: Combat history of the F-14 The F-14 Tomcat was the Navy's primary air superiority fighter and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1972 to 2006.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Tomcat was selected to inherit the reconnaissance mission upon departure of the dedicated RA-5C Vigilante and RF-8G Crusaders from the fleet.^ The Tomcat was selected to inherit the Reconnaissance mission upon departure of the dedicated RA-5C Vigilante and RF-8G Crusaders from the fleet.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With the retirement of the last RF-8G Crusaders in the spring of 1982, TARPS-equipped Tomcats became the Navy's primary tactical reconnaissance system.
  • Service of F-14 Tomcat with US Navy 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC home.att.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With the retirement of the last RF-8G Crusaders in 1982, TARPS F-14s became the U.S. Navy's primary tactical reconnaissance system.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A large pod called the Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) was developed and fielded on the Tomcat in 1981. With the retirement of the last RF-8G Crusaders in 1982, TARPS F-14s became the U.S. Navy's primary tactical reconnaissance system.^ With the retirement of the last RF-8G Crusaders in 1982, TARPS F-14s became the U.S. Navy's primary tactical reconnaissance system.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later developments have introduced a reconnaissance role to the Tomcat using the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS).
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ TARPS was derived from a reconnaissance system developed for the LTV A-7 strike fighter but not fielded for that aircraft.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[36] .One of two Tomcat squadrons per airwing was designated as a TARPS unit and received 3 TARPS capable aircraft and training for 4 TARPS aircrews.^ One of two Tomcat squadrons per airwing was designated as a TARPS unit and received 3 TARPS capable aircraft and training for 4 TARPS aircrews.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A brief History of the Tomcat The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable geometry wing aircraft.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These included hand-launched designs and radio controlled aircraft capable of 100 mph speeds.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

An F-14A Tomcat from VF-114 intercepting a Soviet Tu-95RT "Bear-D" maritime patrol aircraft.
.While the Tomcat was being used by Iran in combat against Iraq in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.^ An F-14A Tomcat from VF-114 intercepting a Soviet Tu-95RT "Bear-D" maritime patrol aircraft.While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This was apparently the only combat loss of a US Navy Tomcat.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.At the time, the Tomcat had been thought too large and vulnerable to be used overland, but the need for imagery was so great that Tomcat aircrews developed high speed medium altitude tactics to deal with considerable AAA and SA-7 SAM threat in the Bekaa area.^ At the time, the Tomcat had been thought too large and vulnerable to be used overland, but the need for imagery was so great that Tomcat aircrews developed high speed medium altitude tactics to deal with considerable AAA and SA-7 SAM threat in the Bekaa area.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The original TARPS pod recorded all of its imagery on photographic film, which meant that reconnaissance data wasn't available until the Tomcat had landed and the film was developed.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Later developments have introduced a reconnaissance role to the Tomcat using the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS).
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.An urgent combat need was stated to address the Tomcat vulnerability in this type of mission.^ An urgent combat need was stated to address the Tomcat vulnerability in this type of mission.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ According to this book, Iran fielded combat-ready Tomcats for at least 20 years after the United States cut off suport following the 1978 revolution.
  • Amazon.com: Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft) (9781841767871): Tom Cooper, Chris Davey: Books 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ F-14 Tomcat: A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The first exposure of a Tomcat to a SA-2 was over Somalia in April 1983 when a local battery was unaware of two Tomcats scheduled for a TARPS missions in prelude to an upcoming international exercise in vicinity of Berbera.^ The first exposure of a Tomcat to a SA-2 was over Somalia in April 1983 when a local battery was unaware of two Tomcats scheduled for a TARPS missions in prelude to an upcoming international exercise in vicinity of Berbera.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The VF-84 Tomcat is a TARPS bird off Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) heading for a recon mission over Kuwait.
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The first AIM-54 Phoenix launch by a Tomcat occurred on 28 April 1972.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.An SA-2 was fired at the second Tomcat while conducting 10 thousand foot mapping profile at max conserve setting.^ An SA-2 was fired at the second Tomcat while conducting 10 thousand foot mapping profile at max conserve setting.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Tomcat aircrews spotted the missile launch and dove for the deck thereby evading it without damage.^ The Tomcat aircrews spotted the missile launch and dove for the deck thereby evading it without damage.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat: Onboard the US Navy (USN) Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) USN flight deck personnel prepare to launch a USN F-14 Tomcat aircraft.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The unexpected demand for combat TARPS laid the way for high altitude sensors such as the KA-93 36 in (91 cm) Long Range Optics (LOROP) to be rapidly procured for the Tomcat as well as an Expanded Chaff Adapter (ECA) to be incorporated in a AIM-54 Phoenix Rail.^ AIM-54 PHOENIX .
  • CUSTOM ORDER: F-14 TOMCAT US NAVY - CUSTOM-F14-USN 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.squadrontoys.com [Source type: General]

^ AIM-54 Phoenix .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The unexpected demand for combat TARPS laid the way for high altitude sensors such as the KA-93 36 in (91 cm) Long Range Optics (LOROP) to be rapidly procured for the Tomcat as well as an Expanded Chaff Adapter (ECA) to be incorporated in a AIM-54 Phoenix Rail.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Commercial "Fuzz buster" type radar detectors were also procured and mounted in pairs in the forward cockpit as a stop gap solution to detect SAM radars such as the SA-6. The ultimate solution was an upgrade to the ALR-67 then being developed, but it would not be ready until the advent of the F-14A+ in the latter 1980s.^ Commercial "Fuzz buster" type radar detectors were also procured and mounted in pairs in the forward cockpit as a stop gap solution to detect SAM radars such as the SA-6.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The ultimate solution was an upgrade to the ALR-67 then being developed, but it would not be ready until the advent of the F-14A+ in the latter 1980s.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The upgrades were priced in the billions, a bit much for an interim solution, and they would take too long to implement to meet the gap.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.During the Gulf of Sidra operations in 1986, the Tomcats were used in over-water missions only due to their vulnerability overland.^ During the Gulf of Sidra operations in 1986, the Tomcats were used in over-water missions only due to their vulnerability overland.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A KC-135 Stratotanker and two EA-6B Prowlers can be seen in the background.The participation of the F-14 Tomcat in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm consisted of Combat Air Patrol (CAP) over the Red Sea and Persian Gulf and overland missions consisting of strike escort and reconnaissance.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At the time, the Tomcat had been thought too large and vulnerable to be used overland, but the need for imagery was so great that Tomcat aircrews developed high speed medium altitude tactics to deal with considerable AAA and SA-7 SAM threat in the Bekaa area.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It was not until Desert Shield that US Navy Tomcats were introduced to overland combat operations on a regular basis.^ It was not until Desert Shield that US Navy Tomcats were introduced to overland combat operations on a regular basis.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This was apparently the only combat loss of a US Navy Tomcat.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.
An F-14A Tomcat from VF-32 during Desert Storm.
^ F-14 Tomcat: A F-14 Tomcat from Fighter Squadron Thirty-Two (VF-32), "Swordsmen", breaks the sound barrier during COMTUEX, Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise, while stationed on board USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14A Tomcat VF-154 Black Knights (1:72) .
  • F-14 Tomcat: diecastairplane.com category F-14 Tomcat - The Aircraft and diecast collector's source 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.diecastairplane.com [Source type: General]

^ F-14A Tomcat VF-84 USS Nimitz (1:144) .
  • F-14 Tomcat: diecastairplane.com category F-14 Tomcat - The Aircraft and diecast collector's source 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.diecastairplane.com [Source type: General]

A KC-135 Stratotanker and two EA-6B Prowlers can be seen in the background.
.The participation of the F-14 Tomcat in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm consisted of Combat Air Patrol (CAP) over the Red Sea and Persian Gulf and overland missions consisting of strike escort and reconnaissance.^ A KC-135 Stratotanker and two EA-6B Prowlers can be seen in the background.The participation of the F-14 Tomcat in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm consisted of Combat Air Patrol (CAP) over the Red Sea and Persian Gulf and overland missions consisting of strike escort and reconnaissance.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The participation of the F-14 Tomcat in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm consisted of Combat Air Patrol (CAP) over the Red Sea and Persian Gulf and overland missions consisting of strike escort and reconnaissance.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Until the waning days of Desert Storm, in-country air superiority was tasked to USAF F-15 Eagles due to the way the Air Tasking Orders (ATO) delegated primary overland CAP stations to the F-15 Eagle.^ Until the waning days of Desert Storm, in-country air superiority was tasked to USAF F-15 Eagles due to the way the Air Tasking Orders (ATO) delegated primary overland CAP stations to the F-15 Eagle.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Until the waning days of Desert Storm, in-country air superiority was tasked to USAF F-15 Eagles due to the way the Air Tasking Orders (ATO) delegated primary overland CAP stations to the F-15 Eagle .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A KC-135 Stratotanker and two EA-6B Prowlers can be seen in the background.The participation of the F-14 Tomcat in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm consisted of Combat Air Patrol (CAP) over the Red Sea and Persian Gulf and overland missions consisting of strike escort and reconnaissance.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The governing Rules of Engagement (ROE) also dictated a strict Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) requirement when employing Beyond Visual Range weapons such as the AIM-7 Sparrow and particularly the AIM-54 Phoenix.^ AIM-54 Phoenix .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The governing Rules of Engagement (ROE) also dictated a strict Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) requirement when employing Beyond Visual Range weapons such as the AIM-7 Sparrow and particularly the AIM-54 Phoenix.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The older tool does, including 4 AIM-54's, but is less accurate, particularly in the canopy area, and has raised panel lines.
  • 1/72 F-14 Tomcat. The Definitive 1/72 Scale Model Census. 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.72scale.com [Source type: Academic]

.This hampered the Tomcat from using its most powerful weapon.^ This hampered the Tomcat from using its most powerful weapon.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One powerful and deadly plane led the majority of the assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the world's most complete military fighter.

^ Included in most of the kits are alternate wheels with varying spoke patterns to model the different wheels used across a wide range of Tomcat production blocks.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Furthermore, the powerful emissions from the AWG-9 radar are detectable at great range with a radar warning receiver.^ Furthermore, the powerful emissions from the AWG-9 radar are detectable at great range with a radar warning receiver.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The television camera could be slaved to the AWG-9 radar and used to obtain a magnified image of the target, thus greatly aiding in positive target identification at long ranges.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They are believed to have seen some action in the Iran-Iraq war, using their powerful AN/AWG-9 radar to act as an air controller for other fighters.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Iraqi fighters routinely displayed countertactics as soon as the Tomcats "lit them up" with the AWG-9.[citation needed] The US Navy suffered its only F-14 loss from enemy action on 21 January 1991 when b/n 161430, an F-14A upgraded to an F-14A+, from VF-103 was shot down by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile while on an escort mission near Al Asad airbase in Iraq.^ The US Navy suffered its only F-14 loss from enemy action on 21 January 1991 when b/n 161430, an F-14A upgraded to an F-14A+, from VF-103 was shot down by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile while on an escort mission near Al Asad airbase in Iraq.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ US Navy F-14 Tomcat breakes the sound barrier!
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat: A head-on view of a Fighter Squadron 2 (VF-2) F-14A Tomcat aircraft.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Both crew survived ejection with the pilot being rescued by USAF Special Operations Forces and the RIO being captured and held by Iraqi troops as a POW until the end of the war.^ Both crew survived ejection with the pilot being rescued by USAF Special Forces and the RIO being captured and held by Iraqi troops as a POW until the end of the war.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The complexity of the systems meant that there would need to be an additional crew member (known as a RIO or Radar Intercept Officer ) to run the offensive and defensive systems of the aircraft while the pilot concentrated on making the intercept and keeping them both alive.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "As a career F-14 pilot, I would be much happier flying the Tomcat until the end of my days in the Navy.
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[37] .The F-14 also achieved its final kill, an Mi-8 "Hip" helicopter, with an AIM-9 Sidewinder.^ It appears that the only kill scored by F-14As during the conflict was of a Mil Mi-8 "Hip" helicopter, shot down by two Tomcats on 6 February 1991.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 also achieved its final kill, an Mi-8 "Hip" helicopter, with an AIM-9 Sidewinder.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1995, F-14s from VF-14 and VF-41 participated in Operation Deliberate Force as well as Operation Allied Force in 1999, and in 1998, VF-32 and VF-213 participated in Operation Desert Fox.^ In 1995, F-14s from VF-14 and VF-41 participated in Operation Deliberate Force as well as Operation Allied Force in 1999, and in 1998, VF-32 and VF-213 participated in Operation Desert Fox.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14s from VF-2, VF-31, VF-32, VF-154, and VF-213 would also participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Winged Fighters 1:144 Scale Diecast F-14 Usn VF-213 Black Lions (1:144) Item #: CS10012 - F-14 Usn VF-213 Black Lions (1:144) by Winged Fighters 1:144 Scale DiecastItem Number: CS10012 [more info...
  • F-14 Tomcat: diecastairplane.com category F-14 Tomcat - The Aircraft and diecast collector's source 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.diecastairplane.com [Source type: General]

.On 15 February 2001 the Joint Direct Attack Munition or JDAM was added to the Tomcat's arsenal.^ On 15 February 2001 the Joint Direct Attack Munition or JDAM was added to the Tomcat's arsenal.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The most recent developments from the 1990s have now added ground attack to the Tomcat's list of missions.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In any case, by this time the Bombcat was receiving a new strike capability in the form of the GPS-aided GBU-31/32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guided glide bomb.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.On 7 October 2001, F-14s would lead some of the first strikes into Afghanistan marking the start of Operation Enduring Freedom and the first F-14 drop of a JDAM occurred on 11 March 2002. F-14s from VF-2, VF-31, VF-32, VF-154, and VF-213 would also participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.^ March 31, 2002.
  • Farmall F-14 Page 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.timwafer.com [Source type: General]

^ On 7 October 2001 F-14s would lead some of the first strikes into Afghanistan marking the start of Operation Enduring Freedom and the first F-14 drop of a JDAM occurred on 11 March 2002.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14s from VF-2, VF-31, VF-32, VF-154, and VF-213 would also participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14Ds of VF-2, VF-31, and VF-213 obtained JDAM capability in March 2003.[15] On 10 December 2005, the F-14Ds of VF-31 and VF-213 were upgraded with a ROVER III downlink for transmitting images to a ground Forward Air Controller (FAC).^ On 10 December 2005, the F-14Ds of VF-31 and VF-213 were upgraded with a ROVER III downlink, a system originally designed for use with unmanned aerial vehicles which allows a Forward Air Controller (FAC) on the ground to see real-time images acquired by the aircraft's sensors by transmitting these images to the FAC's laptop.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14Ds of VF-2, VF-31, and VF-213 obtained JDAM capability in March 2003.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Adding ground attack capability An F-14D from VF-213 over Iraq on last Tomcat deployment with LANTIRN pod on starboard glovevane station and LGB underneath fuselage.In the 1990s, with the pending retirement of the A-6 Intruder, the F-14 air-to-ground program was resurrected.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[16] The F-14s of VF-31 and VF-213 deployed on their last combat cruise on USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2005.

Replacement

An F-14 and F/A-18 prepare to launch from USS Enterprise, 1985.
.While the F-14 had been developed as a light weight alternative to the 80,000 lb (36,000 kg) F-111B, the F-14 was still the largest and most expensive fighter of its time.^ While the F-14 had been developed as a light weight alternative to the 80,000 lb (36,000 kg) F-111B, the F-14 was still the largest and most expensive fighter in its time.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Development Main article: History of the F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat program was initiated when it became obvious that the weight and maneuverability issues plaguing the U.S. Navy variant of the Tactical Fighter Experimental (TFX) (F-111B) would not be resolved to the Navy's satisfaction.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its radar can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as 80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the radar of any other fighter jet.

.VFAX was revived in the 1970s as a lower cost solution to replacing the Navy and Marine Corps's fleets of F-4s, and A-7s.^ VFAX was revived in the 1970s as a lower cost solution to replacing the Navy's fleet of USMC Phantoms, and A-7.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Marine Corps was initially interested in the F-14 as an F-4 replacement and went so far as to send pilots and radar intercept officers to Fighter Squadron One Twenty-Four (VF-124), the Pacific Fleet Replacement Squadron for the F-14, to train as instructors.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The prior example of the F-4 Phantom which was a Navy and Marine Corps program later adopted by the Air Force (under similar direction) was the order of the day.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.VFAX was directed to review the fighters in the USAF Light Weight Fighter competition, which led to the development of the F/A-18 Hornet as roughly a midsize fighter and attack aircraft.^ VFAX would be merged with the USAF Light Weight Fighter fighter competition, from which the F/A-18 Hornet emerged as roughly a midsize fighter.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Who really expected it to replace a heavy interceptor designed to shoot down aircraft, with a plane developed from a light ground attack plane which originally lost a competition for an airforce contract and do the same job well?
  • F-14 Tomcat vs the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Thread - CombatACE 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC forum.combatace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The interim solution goes super with the F-18-E/F twin seat versions of the Hornet, developed as a replacement of both the F-14 and the A-6.
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

.In 1994, Congress would reject Grumman proposals to the Navy to upgrade the Tomcat beyond the D model (such as the Super Tomcat 21, the cheaper QuickStrike version, and the more advanced Attack Super Tomcat 21).^ By 1994 Grumman and the Navy were proposing ambitious plans for Tomcat upgrades to plug that gap, but Congress balked.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By 1994 Grumman and the Navy were proposing ambitious plans for Tomcat upgrades to plug that gap between the retirement of the A-6 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet entering service, but Congress balked.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Had the Navy gone with the Quickstrike Tomcat, they'd have finally had an adequate replacement for the A-6 in terms of strike load and range, they would have had an equivalent in strike capacity to the Strike Eagle, and it would have been a highly advanced, cutting edge piece of machinery, as it would have been a new build frame with the latest avionics and electronics suites.
  • F-14 Tomcat vs the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Thread - CombatACE 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC forum.combatace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[38] Instead, the Navy elected to retire the F-14 and chose the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to fill the roles of fleet defense and strike formerly filled by the F-14.

Retirement

.The F-14 has been completely retired from US Naval service.^ The F-14 has completed its retirement from US Naval service.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 will be retired from service on September of this year.
  • A Tomcat Tribute | SPIKE 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ On Wednesday the last of the F-14 Tomcats still in service were being flown at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia as part of the goodbye ceremonies .
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

At one point, it was slated to remain in service through at least 2008, but all F-14A and F-14B airframes had already been retired, and the last two squadrons, the VF-31 Tomcatters and the VF-213 Black Lions, both flying the D-models, arrived for their last fly-in at Naval Air Station Oceana on 10 March 2006.[39]
The last American F-14 to fly a combat mission, an F-14D(R) from VF-213, lands at Sherman Field at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
.The last American F-14 combat mission was completed on 8 February 2006, when a pair of Tomcats landed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt after one dropped a bomb in Iraq.^ One Wednesday, the last of the F-14 Tomcats were… .
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

^ The last American F-14 combat mission was completed on 8 February 2006, when a pair of Tomcats landed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt after one dropped a bomb in Iraq.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ William G. Sizemore, and became the last F-14 to land on an aircraft carrier after a combat mission.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

That aircraft was assigned to VF-31 and the aircrew credited with the last bomb dropped in combat by a Navy Tomcat was pilot Lt. Justin Halligan and RIO Lt. Bill Frank. .The other Tomcat on that mission was an F-14D from VF-213 piloted by Commander, Carrier Air Wing Eight, Capt.^ The other Tomcat on that mission was an F-14D from VF-213 piloted by Commander Air Wing Eight, Capt.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Notes: CARRIER-BASED, fighter with modified phoenix weapon system for fleet air defense, escort, combat air patrol, air superiority, and interdiction missions (2 CREW) .
  • Aircraft: Grumman F-14A Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aero-web.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The VF-84 Tomcat is a TARPS bird off Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) heading for a recon mission over Kuwait.
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.William G. Sizemore, and became the last F-14 to land on an aircraft carrier after a combat mission.^ William G. Sizemore, and became the last F-14 to land on an aircraft carrier after a combat mission.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The ceremonial last flight was flown by Lt Cmdr Chris Richard & Lt Mike Petronis as RIO in a backup F-14, after the primary aircraft experienced a mechanical problem.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In fact, while the F-14 can carry up to six of the vaunted Phoenix missiles, it is very rarely flown in this configuration as the aircraft's weight when carrying the six missiles exceeds its maximum carrier landing weight.
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.During their final deployment with the USS Theodore Roosevelt, VF-31 and VF-213 collectively completed 1,163 combat sorties totaling 6,876 flight hours, and dropped 9,500 pounds (4,300 kg) of ordnance during reconnaissance, surveillance, and close air support missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.^ The USS Enterprise is returning to its homeport after completing a six-month deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14s of VF-31 and VF-213 deployed on its last combat cruise on USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2005.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14s from VF-2, VF-31, VF-32, VF-154, and VF-213 would also participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[40]
.On 10 March 2006, the 22 planes from these squadrons flew in formation into Naval Air Station Oceana after the last deployment of the F-14. VF-31 remained operational in the F-14 Tomcat under the Fleet Response Plan (FRP) through September and conducted the last carrier qualifications in late July maintaining their ability to deploy right up until the end.^ The "official" final flight retirement ceremony was on 22 September 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ VF-31 remained operational in the F-14 Tomcat under the Fleet Response Plan (FRP) through September and conducted the last carrier qualifications in late July maintaining their ability to deploy right up until the end.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The last remaining one after demolition will be located at the Pensacola air station.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.VF-213 and VF-31 would transition to the Super Hornet training.^ VF-213 and VF-31 would transition to the Super Hornet training.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat will be immortalized at the National Museum of Naval Aviation here as the final decommissioning stages close and training for its replacement, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, continue.

^ F-14A - USS Hornet Museum, Alameda, CA, VF-101 "Grim Reapers", retired August 31, 2000 .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) shot from its catapult an F-14D, assigned to VF-31, for the last time on 28 July 2006. It was piloted by Lt. Blake Coleman and Lt. Cmdr Dave Lauderbaugh as RIO.[41] The last trap recovery was made a while before by Lt. Chris Rattigan and Lt. Paul Dort, on aircraft no. .110. The "official" final flight retirement ceremony was on 22 September 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.^ The "official" final flight retirement ceremony was on 22 September 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 Tomcat was officially retired on September 22, 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But at Oceana Naval Air Station, that is no longer the case.

The ceremonial last flight was flown by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Richard and Lt. Mike Petronis as RIO in a backup F-14 (Felix 107),[42] after the primary aircraft experienced a mechanical problem.[43] The actual last flight of the F-14 Tomcat in U.S. service took place 4 October 2006, when an F-14D of VF-31 was ferried from Oceana to Republic Airport on Long Island, NY.[42]
.The remaining intact US Navy F-14 aircraft have been stored at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group "Boneyard", at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.^ The remaining intact US Navy F-14 aircraft have been stored at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group "Boneyard", at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ During a trip last year to the Davis-Monthan aircraft boneyard outside of Tucson, Arizona, I saw that all of the non-museum Tomcats are being sliced up to make sure that Iran can't get parts.
  • Amazon.com: Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft) (9781841767871): Tom Cooper, Chris Davey: Books 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ It entered service in 1972 with the U.S. Navy, replacing the F-4 Phantom II. It was later exported to the former Imperial Iranian Air Force in 1976, during a time when the US still had good relations with Iran.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.By July 2007, many of the remaining 165 aircraft were being shredded to prevent parts from being acquired by Iran, the only other nation to buy the F-14. By July 2007, 23 F-14s had been shredded at a cost of $900,000. Due to the strength of the landing gear, it was removed before shredding and cut up with a torch.^ Because of the strength of the landing gear, it was removed before shredding and cut up with a torch.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ U.S. moves to keep F-14 parts from Iran .

^ On 2 July 2007, the remaining American F-14s were being shredded to ensure that F-14 spare parts would not be acquired by governments considered hostile to the US. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The last remaining F-14 after demolition will be located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.^ The last remaining one after demolition will be located at the Pensacola air station.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The "official" final flight retirement ceremony was on 22 September 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Engines and landing gear An F-14 prepares to refuel with probe extended.The engines are fed by two rectangular air intakes located under the wings.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[44]

Iran

A U.S. "Top Gun" F-14A, painted to resemble an Iranian fighter for air combat adversary training.
.The sole foreign customer for the Tomcat was the Imperial Iranian Air Force, during the reign of the last Shah (King) of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.^ The sole foreign customer for the Tomcat was the Imperial Iranian Air Force, during the reign of the last Shah (King) of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ During a trip last year to the Davis-Monthan aircraft boneyard outside of Tucson, Arizona, I saw that all of the non-museum Tomcats are being sliced up to make sure that Iran can't get parts.
  • Amazon.com: Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft) (9781841767871): Tom Cooper, Chris Davey: Books 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ It entered service in 1972 with the U.S. Navy, replacing the F-4 Phantom II. It was later exported to the former Imperial Iranian Air Force in 1976, during a time when the US still had good relations with Iran.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the early 1970s, the Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) was searching for an advanced fighter, specifically one capable of intercepting Soviet MiG-25 "Foxbat" reconnaissance flights.^ MiG-25 Foxbat .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the early 1970s, the Imperial Iranian Air Force (IIAF) was searching for an advanced fighter, specifically one capable of intercepting Soviet MiG-25 "Foxbat" reconnaissance flights.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The sole foreign customer for the Tomcat was the Imperial Iranian Air Force, during the reign of the last Shah (King) of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.After a visit of U.S. President Richard Nixon to Iran in 1972, during which Iran was offered the latest in American military technology, the IIAF narrowed its choice to the F-14 Tomcat or McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.^ After a visit of U.S. President Richard Nixon to Iran in 1972, during which Iran was offered the latest in American military technology, the IIAF narrowed its choice to the F-14 Tomcat or McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The sole foreign customer for the Tomcat was the Imperial Iranian Air Force, during the reign of the last Shah (King) of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Iranians chose the F-14 over the F-15 Eagle , and inked an order for eighty planes in 1974 .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Grumman Corporation arranged a competitive demonstration of the Eagle against the Tomcat before the Shah, and in January 1974, Iran ordered 30 F-14s and 424 AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, initiating Project Persian King, worth US$300 million.^ Phoenix missiles on order were also delivered.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Grumman Corporation arranged a competitive demonstration of the Eagle against the Tomcat before the Shah, and in January 1974 Iran ordered 30 F-14s and 424 AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, initiating Project Persian King, worth US$300 million.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Navy Retires AIM-54 Phoenix Missile .

.Only a few months later, this order was increased to a total of 80 Tomcats and 714 Phoenix missiles as well as spare parts and replacement engines for 10 years, complete armament package, and support infrastructure (including construction of the huge Khatami Air Base in the desert near Esfahan).^ Phoenix missiles on order were also delivered.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Iranian order was for 80 Tomcats and 714 Phoenix missiles, spare parts, and replacement engines for ten years, complete armament package, and support infrastructure (including construction of the huge Khatami Air Base in the desert near Esfahan).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Now, two years later, we have taken on board the many comments we received from our customers and have put together a Tomcat package quite unlike any other.
  • simMarket: IRIS PRO SERIES - F-14 TOMCAT 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC secure.simmarket.com [Source type: General]

.The first F-14 arrived in January 1976, modified only by the removal of classified avionics components, but fitted with the TF-30-414 engines.^ The first F-14 arrived in January 1976, modified only by the removal of classified avionics components, but fitted with the TF-30-414 engines.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 program promised to produce an airplane ready for first flight 17 months after contract go-ahead, which would be January 1971.
  • Tales of the F-14 | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ January 31, 2008 Iranian F-14s Fly Again January 31, 2008: The U.S. has now forbidden the sale of any F-14 aircraft components.

.The following year 12 more were delivered.^ The following year 12 more were delivered.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-15 fleet is experiencing problems with avionics parts obsolescence, and the average age of the fleet will be more than 30 years when the last F-22 is delivered in 2013.
  • F-14 Tomcat Wallpaper - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Meanwhile, training of the first groups of Iranian crews by the U.S. Navy, was underway in the USA; and one of these conducted a successful shoot-down with a Phoenix missile of a target drone flying at 50,000 ft (15 km).^ Meanwhile, training of the first groups of Iranian crews by the U.S. Navy, was underway in the USA; and one of these conducted a successful shoot-down with a Phoenix missile of a target drone flying at 50,000 ft (15 km).
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Here is a rare video, showing Iranian Tomcats in 1970's, testing the phoenix missiles , showing the F-14 radar while scanning and tracking 4 targets and shooting them, setting up the AIM-54 missiles,Iranian F-14 pilots, instructional flights and in flight refueling, 2 tomcats refueling simultaneously […] .
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Its radar can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as 80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the radar of any other fighter jet.

.Following the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, the air force was re-named the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) and the post-revolution interim government of Iran canceled most Western arms orders.^ As of 2008, it remains in service only with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Following the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, the air force was re-named the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) and the regime of Ayatollah Khomeini cancelled most Western arms orders.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You're armed with a 20 mm cannon and a few air-to-air missiles to take out enemy fighters and transport planes.
  • Amazon.com: F-14 Tomcat: Nintendo Gameboy Advance: Video Games 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.Knowledge about F-14 use by Iran is limited; deteriorating relations led to an arms embargo being imposed on Iran, including the last Tomcat built for Iran, which was embargoed and eventually turned over to the United States Navy.^ One Wednesday, the last of the F-14 Tomcats were… .
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

^ Knowledge about F-14 use by Iran is limited; deteriorating relations led to an arms embargo being imposed on Iran, including the last Tomcat built for Iran, which was embargoed and eventually turned over to the United States Navy.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It’s the end of an era for the United States Navy.
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

.Large shipments of spares were held back, and many aircraft were cannibalized for their spare parts.^ Large shipments of spares were held back, and many aircraft were cannibalized for their spare parts.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Iran developed a domestic avionics industry in large part to produce domestically the spare parts needed to keep its Western-bloc aircraft flying.
  • Amazon.com: Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft) (9781841767871): Tom Cooper, Chris Davey: Books 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ As of July 2007, many of the remaining 165 aircraft were being shredded to prevent parts from being acquired by Iran, the only other nation to buy the F-14.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In January 2007, it was announced by the US Department of Defense that sales of spare parts for F-14s would be suspended, due to concerns that they could end up in Iran.^ Pentagon stops F-14 parts sales amid Iran concerns .

^ In January 2007, it was announced by the US Department of Defense that sales of spare parts for F-14s would be suspended, due to concerns that they could end up in Iran.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wonder where they would have stuffed the beefed up maingear?
  • F-14:US Fighter Speed King — Military Forum | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: General]

It announced that the decision was taken "given the current situation in Iran".[45] On 2 July 2007, the remaining American F-14s were being shredded to ensure that F-14 spare parts would not be acquired by governments considered hostile to the US.[44] Iran had an estimated 44 F-14s,[46] with some 20 operational by 2009.[47]

Variants

.A total of 712 F-14s were built[48] from 1969 to 1991.[49] F-14 assembly and test flights were performed at Grumman's plant in Calverton on Long Island, NY. Grumman facility at nearby Bethpage, NY was directly involved in F-14 manufacturing and was home to its engineers.^ While the F-14 is listed as being produced in Bethpage, NY, all construction and test flights were performed out of Grumman's Calverton facility.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A total of 712 F-14s were built at Grumman's factory in Calverton on Long Island from 1969 to 1991.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I was the pilot of an F-14 that had a catastophic engine failure resulting in extreme internal aircraft damage and fire leading to the aircraft departing controlled flight.

The airframes were partially assembled in Bethpage and then shipped to Calverton for final assembly. .Various tests were also performed at the Bethpage Plant.^ While the F-14 is listed as being produced in Bethpage, NY, all construction and test flights were performed out of Grumman's Calverton facility.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Over 160 of the US aircraft were destroyed in accidents.^ Over 160 of the US aircraft were destroyed in accidents.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[50]

F-14A

.The F-14A was the initial two-seat all-weather interceptor fighter variant for the US Navy.^ The F-14A was the original production two-seat all-weather interceptor fighter version for the US Navy.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Development Main article: History of the F-14 Tomcat The F-14 Tomcat program was initiated when it became obvious that the weight and maneuverability issues plaguing the U.S. Navy variant of the Tactical Fighter Experimental (TFX) (F-111B) would not be resolved to the Navy's satisfaction.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A brief History of the Tomcat The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable geometry wing aircraft.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It first flew on 21 December 1970. The first 12 F-14As were prototype versions[51] (sometimes called YF-14As).^ The first 12 F-14As were prototype versions.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It first flew in December, 1970 .
  • F-14 Tomcat@Everything2.com 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC everything2.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970, just 22 months after Grumman was awarded the contract, and reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 1973.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Modifications late in its service life added precision strike munitions to its armament. .The US Navy received 478 F-14A aircraft and 79 were received by Iran.^ Additionally, an 80th F-14A was manufactured for Iran, but was delivered to the US Navy.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The US Navy received 478 F-14A aircraft plus 79 went to Iran.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat: A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[48] .The final 102 F-14As were delivered with improved TF30-P-414A engines.^ The final 102 F-14As were delivered with improved TF30-P-414A engines.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Navy also wanted to build an "F-14C" with the TF30-P-414A and improved avionics.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1981, P&W introduced a minor upgrade of the engine, the "TF30-P-414A".
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[52] .Additionally, an 80th F-14A was manufactured for Iran, but was delivered to the US Navy.^ Additionally, an 80th F-14A was manufactured for Iran, but was delivered to the US Navy.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The 80th Iranian Tomcat was retained stateside by the US Navy.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The US Navy received 478 F-14A aircraft plus 79 went to Iran.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[48]

F-14B

Close-up view of the distinctive afterburner petals that distinguish the GE F110 engine.
.The F-14 received its first of many major upgrades in March 1987 with the F-14A Plus (or F-14A+).^ The first of many videos of Fighter Fling, an annual celebration of all the United States Navy F-14 Squadrons.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14A (Plus) Tomcats were built, along with 32 conversions from F-14As, the first entering service in late 1988.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1988, the Navy initiated the "Multi-Mission Capability Avionics Program (MMCAP)", first known as the "F-14++" program, to modernize their F-14A/Bs.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14A's P&W TF30 engine was upgraded with the GE F110-400.^ The F-14A's P&W TF30 engine was upgraded with the GE F110-400.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14B prototype was reengined again, with GE F110-GE-400 engines, performing its first flight in this configuration on 29 September 1986 with test pilot Joe Burke at the controls.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The big change was the replacement of the P&W TF30 engine exhausts with the GE F110 engine exhausts.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14A+ also received the state-of-the-art ALR-67 Radar Homing and Warning (RHAW) system.^ The F-14A+ also received the state-of-the-art ALR-67 Radar Homing and Warning (RHAW) system.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14A was originally also fitted with an AN/APR-45 radar warning receiver (RWR) system; AN/ALQ-126 deception jammers, with antennas in the tips of the horizontal tailplane and under the nose; and AN/ALE-39 chaff-flare dispensers, mounted under a "boattail" fixture on the end of the fuselage.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Furthermore, the powerful emissions from the AWG-9 radar are detectable at great range with a radar warning receiver.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Much of the avionics as well as the AWG-9 radar were retained.^ Much of the avionics as well as the AWG-9 radar were retained.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14A+ was later redesignated F-14B on 1 May 1991. A total of 38 new aircraft were manufactured and 48 F-14A were upgraded into B variants.^ A total of 37 new aircraft were constructed and 18 F-14A were upgraded to D variants.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14A+ was later redesignated F-14B on 1 May 1991.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A total of 38 new aircraft were manufactured and 48 F-14A were upgraded to B variants.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[12]
.The TF30 had been plagued from the start with susceptibility to compressor stalls at high AoA and during rapid throttle transients or above 30,000 ft (9,100 m) The F110 engine provided a significant increase in thrust, producing 27,600 lbf (123 kN) with afterburner.^ The TF30 had been plagued from the start with susceptibility to compressor stalls at high AoA and during rapid throttle transients or above 30,000 ft.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F110 engine provided a significant increase in thrust, producing 27,600 lbf (123 kN) with afterburner.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aircraft was initially powered by twin Pratt & Whitney (P&W) TF30-P-412 turbofans with 54.9 kN (5,600 kgp / 12,350 lbf) dry thrust and 93 kN (9,480 kgp / 20,900 lbf) afterburning thrust each.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The increased thrust gave the Tomcat a better than 1:1 thrust-to-weight ratio at low fuel quantities.^ The increased thrust giving the Tomcat a better than 1:1 thrust-to-weight ratio at low fuel quantities.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ IIRC in a side by side comparison between the flanker, her and the bug, it had longer range without fuel tanks than the bug did with tanks, it could carry a heavier bomb load, by far more thrust, comparable to the flankers thrust to weight ratio.
  • F-14 Tomcat vs the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Thread - CombatACE 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC forum.combatace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When they were finally cleared for take off their fuel load was so light their thrust to weight ratio approached the F15'S and they were able to match all their manoeuvres, that combined with the awesome visual impression of the Tomcat's swing wing in action sold the Shah, lock stock and barrel.
  • F-14:US Fighter Speed King — Military Forum | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: General]

.The basic engine thrust without afterburner was powerful enough for carrier launches, further increasing safety.^ The basic engine thrust without afterburner was powerful enough for carrier launches, further increasing safety.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The flight control computer cycles the shut down engine exhaust fully closed in a attempt to increase thrust.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The new GE engines would permit the ability to cruise at supersonic speed without using afterburner.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Another benefit was allowing the Tomcat to cruise comfortably above 30,000 ft (9,100 m), which increased its range and survivability.^ Another benefit was allowing the Tomcat to cruise comfortably above 30,000 ft, which increased its range and survivability.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The TF30 had been plagued from the start with susceptibility to compressor stalls at high AoA and during rapid throttle transients or above 30,000 ft.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While the loss of thrust at higher altitude for the TF-30 was a lower percentage overall, than the F-100, the F-100 started out with more than 6,000 lbs more thrust to begin with.
  • F-14:US Fighter Speed King — Military Forum | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: General]

.The F-14B arrived in time to participate in Desert Storm.^ The F-14B arrived in time to participate in Desert Storm.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the late 1990s, 67 F-14Bs were upgraded to extend airframe life and improve offensive and defensive avionics systems.^ In the late 1990s, 67 F-14Bs were upgraded to extend airframe life and improve offensive and defensive avionics systems.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The upgrade included digital avionics, improved cockpit displays, structural improvements and improved defensive systems.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The modified aircraft became known as F-14B Upgrade aircraft.^ The modified aircraft became known as F-14B Upgrade aircraft.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[52]

F-14D

.The final variant of the F-14 was the F-14D Super Tomcat.^ The final variant of the F-14 was the F-14D Super Tomcat.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-14 Tomcat, I feel and others share, is a fine aircraft which should not have been replaced by the inferior F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
  • F-14 Tomcat Lover - FanFiction.Net 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.fanfiction.net [Source type: General]

^ F-14 Tomcat: A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14D variant was first delivered in 1991. The original TF-30 engines were replaced with GE F110-400 engines, similar to the F-14B. The F-14D also included newer digital avionics systems including a Glass cockpit and replaced the AWG-9 with the newer AN/APG-71 radar.^ The F-14D variant was first delivered in 1991.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The big change was the replacement of the P&W TF30 engine exhausts with the GE F110 engine exhausts.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The original TF-30 engines were replaced with GE F110-400 engines, similar to the F-14B. The F-14D also included newer digital avionics systems including a Glass cockpit and replaced the AWG-9 with the newer AN/APG-71 radar.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Other systems included the Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ), Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS), SJU-17(V) Naval Aircrew Common Ejection Seats (NACES) and Infrared Search and Track (IRST).^ Depending on the promotion, we may also collect an Internet email address or other information and, depending on the information collected, the user may also be required to confirm his or her agreement to this Agreement and, including without limitation, the Privacy Policy .
  • F-14 Dogfight | SPIKE 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]
  • A Tomcat Tribute | SPIKE 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ The Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) was developed in the late 1970s for the Tomcat.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Early F-14As were fitted with a steerable "AN/ALR-23 Infrared Search and Track (IRST)" sensor under the nose that could be slaved to the radar or used independently.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.
An F-14D(R) Tomcat with the ROVER transmit antenna circled, these upgraded Tomcats were designated with an additional "R" suffix.
^ It did require that the Tomcat have the MIL-STD-1553B bus, fitted standard to the F-14D and on upgraded F-14A/Bs.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although the F-14D was to be the definitive version of the Tomcat, all fleet units were never upgraded to the D variant.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) in the background.
.Although the F-14D was to be the definitive version of the Tomcat, not all fleet units received the D variant.^ Although the F-14D was to be the definitive version of the Tomcat, all fleet units were never upgraded to the D variant.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It seems unlikely that this will happen, as the Tomcat fleet is definitely showing its age and is an increasing maintenance headache.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This includes all sorts of antennas and airframe variations that provide the modeler with the ability to build most any Tomcat in existence.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1989, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney refused to approve the purchase of any more F-14D model aircraft for $50 million each and pushed for a $25 million modernization of the F-14 fleet instead.^ In 1989, Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, recommended that no D model aircraft be purchased for $50 million and pushed for a $25 million modernization instead.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The adoption of the F110 engine was late in the F-14's production cycle; Dick Cheney cancelled the program fairly early in the GHW Bush Administration.
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat: A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Congress decided not to shut production down and funded 55 aircraft as part of a compromise.^ Congress decided not to shut production down and funded 55 aircraft as part of a compromise.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When the first engine is shut down, the aircraft is still powered by the second engine.
  • F-14 Part Three - Construction by David W. Aungst (Hasegawa and Black Box 1/48) 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.hyperscale.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A total of 37 new aircraft were constructed and 18 F-14A were upgraded to D variants.^ A total of 37 new aircraft were constructed and 18 F-14A were upgraded to D variants.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A total of 38 new aircraft were manufactured and 48 F-14A were upgraded to B variants.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By 1979, all F-14As had been upgraded to the new engine fit and the aircraft's reliability then rose to more reasonable levels.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[12] .An upgrade to the F-14D's computer software to allow AIM-120 AMRAAM missile capability was planned but was later terminated.^ The F-15N- PHX was another proposed naval version capable of carrying the AIM-54 Phoenix missile.
  • F-14:US Fighter Speed King — Military Forum | Airliners.net 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: General]

[10][53]
.While upgrades had kept the F-14 competitive with modern fighter aircraft technology, Cheney called the F-14 1960s technology.^ He called the aircraft 1960s technology and planned to replace the F-14 with an Advanced Tactical Fighter variant.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1989, Secretary of Defense, Dick Cheney, recommended that no D model aircraft be purchased for $50 million and pushed for a $25 million modernization instead.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Despite some aggressive proposals from Grumman for a replacement, Cheney planned to replace the F-14 with a fighter that was not manufactured by Grumman.^ The F-14 was manufactured by Grumman Aerospace, which merged with Northrop Aircraft in 1994 to become Northrop Grumman.
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

^ By 1994 Grumman and the Navy were proposing ambitious plans for Tomcat upgrades to plug that gap, but Congress balked.
  • The Grumman F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We have made a great many improvements to the old F-14 Tomcat and in some cases, have ripped out sections and replaced with new!
  • simMarket: IRIS PRO SERIES - F-14 TOMCAT 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC secure.simmarket.com [Source type: General]

.Cheney called the F-14 a "jobs program", and when the F-14 was canceled, an estimated 80,000 jobs of Grumman employees, subcontractors, or support personnel were affected.^ While the F-14 had been developed as a light weight alternative to the 80,000 lb (36,000 kg) F-111B, the F-14 was still the largest and most expensive fighter in its time.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[54]
.Starting in 2005, some F-14Ds received the ROVER III upgrade and were designated as F-14D(R).^ The upgraded fighters had avionics comparable to the F-14Ds and were designated F-14A (Upgrade) and F-14B (Upgrade), respectively.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Projected variants

The F-14C was a projected variant of the initial F-14B (F401-powered) with advanced multimission avionics.[55]

Operators

F-14B, front view.
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) squadrons
  • 72nd TFS: F-14A, 1976 - present
  • 73rd TFS: F-14A, 1977 - present
  • 81st TFS: F-14A, 1977 - present
  • 82nd TFS: F-14A, 1978 - present
  • 83rd TFS: F-14A, re-named former 73rd TFS[56]

Former operator

  • United States Navy (USN) squadrons
  • Pacific Fleet
    • NFWS Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) (Merged with Strike U to form Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) 1996)
    • VF-1 Wolfpack (Disestablished 30 September 1993)
    • VF-2 Bounty Hunters (Redesignated VFA-2 with F/A-18F 1 July 2003)
    • VF-21 Freelancers (Disestablished 31 January 1996)
    • VF-24 Fighting Renegades (Disestablished 20 August 1996)
    • VF-51 Screaming Eagles (Disestablished 31 March 1995)
    • VF-111 Sundowners (Disestablished 31 March 1995; reestablished as VFC-111 with F-5F 1 November 2006)
    • VF-114 Aardvarks (Disestablished 30 April 1993)
    • VF-154 Black Knights (Redesignated VFA-154 with F/A-18F 1 October 2003)
    • VF-191 Satan's Kittens (Disestablished 30 April 1988)
    • VF-194 Red Lightnings (Disestablished 30 April 1988)
F-14A 162689 at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, California, 2009
YF-14A 157984 outside the National Museum of Naval Aviation in April 2008
  • Fleet Replacement Squadrons
    • VF-101 Grim Reapers (Disestablished 15 September 2005)
    • VF-124 Gunfighters (Disestablished 30 September 1994)
  • Naval Air Reserve Force Squadrons
    • VF-201 Hunters (Redesignated VFA-201 with F/A-18A 1 January 1999, Disestablished 30 June 2007)
    • VF-202 Superheats (Disestablished 31 December 1994)
    • VF-301 Devil's Disciples (Disestablished 11 September 1994)
    • VF-302 Stallions (Disestablished 11 September 1994)
  • Squadron Augmentation Units
    • VF-1285 Fighting Fubijars (Disestablished)[57] augmented VF-301 and VF-302
    • VF-1485 Americans (Disestablished)[58] augmented VF-124
    • VF-1486 Fighting Hobos (Disestablished)[59] augmented VF-101

Aircraft on display

An F-14A on display at Grumman Memorial Park in New York.
.
F-14A 160661 on display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Aviation Challenge facility in Huntsville, Ala.
^ F-14A - U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL (Aviation Challenge Camp) has the "Jolly Rogers" Insignia on left tail - Once on 3-day stand-by .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

in August 2009
Notable F-14s preserved at museums include:
.
  • Bureau Number (BuNo) - Model - Location - Significance
  • (R): Signifies an F-14B or D manufactured from an F-14A.
  • 157982 YF-14A - Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY. Prototype #3 Nonstructural Demonstration Testbed[60]
  • 157984 YF-14A - National Museum of Naval Aviation, NAS Pensacola, FL. Prototype #5 Systems Compatibility Demonstrator/Testbed
  • 157986 F-14A - Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, Manhattan, New York, NY, 7th Tomcat built, retained as research and development airframe.^ YF-14A 157984 outside the National Museum of Naval Aviation in April 2008 .
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Sign up for regular email updates from Air & Space magazine, including free newsletters, special offers and current news updates.
    • Tomcat Tribute | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: General]

    ^ With stories that range from the Wright Brothers to the design of NASA's next lunar lander, Air & Space emphasizes the human stories as well as the technology of aviation and spaceflight.
    • Tomcat Tribute | Military Aviation | Air & Space Magazine 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.airspacemag.com [Source type: General]

    [61]
  • .
  • 158617 F-14A - Egypt VFW Post 7293 Whitehall, PA. This particular aircraft was last used to train pilots in advanced dissimilar air combat maneuvering (dog fighting) at the Navy's "Top Gun" facility in Fallon, NV.
  • 159025 F-14A - Flight deck of the USS Yorktown (CV-10) at the Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston, SC. Has the insignia of the "Pukin' Dogs" of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on the tails.
  • 159455 F-14A - NAS Patuxent River, Lexington Park, MD. Former VX-23 Flight Test Squadron Aircraft
  • 159600 F-14D(R) - OV-10 Bronco Museum, Fort Worth Texas.^ F-14 Tomcat: On the flight deck of the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), sailors employ techniques on an F-14 Tomcat, used in aircraft fire fighting.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ An F-14A Tomcat from VF-114 intercepting a Soviet Tu-95RT "Bear-D" maritime patrol aircraft.While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
    • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .On loan from National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL. "Christine", the longest-serving Tomcat in US Navy, remanufactured F-14 originally built in 1976, made final 2006 cruise.^ F-14D - Virginia Aviation Museum, Richmond, VA. On loan from National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL. Last Tomcat to operationally trap aboard a US Navy carrier, 28 June 2006.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ US Navy F-14 Tomcat breakes the sound barrier!
    • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ On loan from National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL. "Christine," the longest-serving Tomcat in US Navy, remanufactured F-14 originally built in 1975, made final 2006 cruise with VF 31.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [62]
  • 159610 F-14D(R) - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Dulles, VA. One of the F-14s involved in the second Gulf of Sidra incident.
  • 160661 F-14A - U.S. Space & Rocket Center (Aviation Challenge Camp) in Huntsville, AL. It has the "Jolly Rogers" Insignia on left tail.
  • 160898 F-14A - Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA[63]
  • 160902 F-14A - Grumman Memorial Park, Calverton, NY
  • 161163 F-14D - Prairie Aviation Museum, Bloomington, IL. VF-213
  • 161166 F-14D(R) - Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte, NC. VF-213, Last F-14 to launch on a combat mission (Iraq February 2006)
  • 161598 F-14A - Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa, OK.[64] Has squadron VF-41, "Black Aces" markings
  • 161605 F-14A - Wings Of Eagles Discovery Center/National Warplane Museum, Horseheads, NY
  • 161623 F-14A - Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, NAS Patuxent River, Lexington Park, MD. Former VX-23 Flight Test Squadron Aircraft
  • 161860 F-14B - Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, KY. From VF 32.
  • 161863 F-14A - Heritage Park, NAS Jacksonville, FL
  • 162591 F-14A - Quonset Air Museum (former NAS Quonset Point, North Kingstown, RI
  • 162592 F-14A - Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, CA
  • 162694 F-14B - Military Aviation Preservation Society, Akron-Canton, OH
  • 162926 F-14B - New England Air Museum, in the markings of VF-143 "Pukin' Dogs"
  • 163902 F-14D - Hickory Aviation Museum, Hickory NC, VF-31 Tomcatters aircraft 107, Flew the retirement ceremony with Lt. Cmdr. Chris Richard and Lt. Mike Petronis at the controls.[65]
  • .
  • 164342 F-14D - Wings Over Miami Air Museum, Miami, FL
  • 164346 F-14D - Virginia Aviation Museum, Richmond, VA. On loan from National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL. Last Tomcat to operationally trap aboard a US Navy
  • 164603 F-14D - Grumman Headquarters, Bethpage, NY. This is the last Tomcat to fly in US Navy service.^ F-14D - Virginia Aviation Museum, Richmond, VA. On loan from National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL. Last Tomcat to operationally trap aboard a US Navy carrier, 28 June 2006.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The Tomcat has been a phenomenal part of naval aviation.
    • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ While the Tomcat was being used in combat in its intended air superiority mission over the skies of Iran in the early 1980s, the US Navy found itself flying regular daily combat missions over Lebanon to photograph activity in the Bekaa Valley.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Final flight was from NAS Oceana, Virginia to Republic Airport, Long Island, NY on 4 October 2006.[citation needed]
  • 164604 F-14D - NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA. Last F-14 built by Grumman.

Specifications (F-14D)

Orthographically projected diagram of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat
An F-14 launches an AIM-7 Sparrow.

Data from U.S. Navy file,[66] Spick,[26] M.A.T.S.[67]

General characteristics
Performance
Armament
Avionics

Notable appearances in media

The F-14 inspired a number of pop cultural uses worldwide. .In 1980, the time-travel film The Final Countdown featured the VF-41 "Black Aces" and VF-84 "Jolly Rogers" F-14 fighter squadrons aboard USS Nimitz.^ In 1995, F-14s from VF-14 and VF-41 participated in Operation Deliberate Force as well as Operation Allied Force in 1999, and in 1998, VF-32 and VF-213 participated in Operation Desert Fox.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ United States Navy An F-14A of VF-84 Jolly Rogers, in a 1970s color scheme.The F-14 began replacing the F-4 Phantom II in USN service starting in September 1974 with squadrons VF-1 Wolfpack and VF-2 Bounty Hunters aboard USS Enterprise and participated in the American withdrawal of Saigon.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Tomcat entered operational service with Navy fighter squadrons VF-1 Wolfpack and VF-2 Bounty Hunters aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in September 1974.
  • USN Photo of Day: Forever-Fearsome F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet's Last Official Launch, Flyby, Landing 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1986, the F-14 was the main aircraft in the film Top Gun, spawning a surge in U.S. Navy recruiting,[69] as well as the Top Gun video game franchise.^ Video: F-14 Tomcat - combat training, cockpit footage Video: F-14 Tomcat, fly-by and final landing Video: F-14 Tomcat in action Video: F-14 Tomcat Top Gun video salute Video: F-14 Tomcat farewell tribute Grumman A-6 Intruder: Aircraft profile F-4 Phantom II: Aircraft profile North American A-5 Vigilante: Aircraft profile Northrop F-5 Tiger II and Freedom Fighter: Aircraft profile C-20 Gulfstream: Aircraft profile .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-14 Tomcat: A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Reminded me of the Top Gun movie wich featured the famous Grumman F-14.
  • Ratings and Comments for F-14 Tomcat 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.ipdb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The 1995–2005 TV series JAG featured a qualified F-14 pilot as a lead character and a retired F-14 airframe in several episodes.^ Quoting retired F-14 pilot Dale Snodgrass, “The F-18 is like a Honda Accord, reliable and cheap to maintain.
  • E Canada Now - Breaking News » US Navy Retires The F-14 Tomcat 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.ecanadanow.com [Source type: General]

^ This video, a compilation of F-14 Tomcat footage filmed for Fighter Fling 1990, features some crazy flying and F-14 pilots doing a lot of crazy stuff.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It features a history of the tomcat, quite a bit of anti-Hornet footage, some great flying, and a tribute to the F-14 and its pilots.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-14 has also been popular subject as a toy, and a fictional likeness of an aircraft similar to the F-14 has been used in cartoons, video games, books and both animated television series and animated films.^ F-14 Tomcat: On the flight deck of the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), sailors employ techniques on an F-14 Tomcat, used in aircraft fire fighting.
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ No dual control version was ever made for the F-14, so the pilot starts to learn how to fly the machine using other aircraft and simulators.
  • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Fighter Fling 2000, the first fighter fling of the new millenium, features, in addition to all the great footage of F-14's that you expect from a fighter fling video, excerpts from many popular films.
  • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

See also

Related development
Comparable aircraft
Related lists

References

Notes

  1. ^ "F-14 Tomcat fighter fact file." United States Navy, 5 July 2003. Retrieved: 20 January 2007.
  2. ^ "Navy's 'Top Gun' Tomcat Fighter Jet Makes Ceremonial Final Flight". Associated Press, 22 September 2006. Retrieved: 17 July 2008.
  3. ^ Spick 2000, pp. 71-72.
  4. ^ a b Woolridge, Capt. E.T., ed. Into the Jet Age: Conflict and Change in Naval Aviation 1945-1975, an Oral History. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1995. ISBN 1557509328. Note: Admiral Thomas F. Connolly wrote the chapter, "The TFX - One Fighter For All".
  5. ^ Spick 1985, pp. 9-10.
  6. ^ Spick 2000, p. 112.
  7. ^ Gunston and Spick 1983, p. 112.
  8. ^ a b Jenkins, Dennis R. F/A-18 Hornet: A Navy Success Story. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000. ISBN 0-07-134696-1.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Baugher, Joe. "Grumman F-14A Tomcat." Joe Baugher's Encyclopedia of American Military Aircraft, 13 February 2000. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  10. ^ a b c d Donald, David. "Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat, US Navy today". Warplanes of the Fleet. London: AIRtime Publishing Inc, 2004. ISBN 1-880588-81-1.
  11. ^ a b c "F-14A Tomcat Described / F-14 Tarps", Vectorsite.net, 1 November 2006.
  12. ^ a b c Anft, Torsent. "F-14 Bureau Numbers." Home of M.A.T.S. Retrieved: 30 September 2006.
  13. ^ Friedman, Norman. "F-14." The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems, Fifth edition. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2006. ISBN 1-55750-262-5.
  14. ^ a b c d Gobel, Greg. "Bombcat / Tomcat In Service 1992:2005". Vectorsite.net, 1 November 2006. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  15. ^ a b "U.S. Navy's F-14D Tomcats Gain JDAM Capability." Navy Newsstand (United States Navy), 21 March 2003. Retrieved: 20 January 2007.
  16. ^ a b "ROVER System Revolutionizes F-14's Ground Support Capability." Navy Newsstand (United States Navy), 14 December 2005. Retrieved: 20 January 2007.
  17. ^ a b c Spangenberg, George. “Brief History and Background of the F-14, 1955-1970.” George Spangenberg Oral History. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  18. ^ Spangenberg, George.“Exhibit VF-2.” George Spangenberg Oral History, 8 February 1965. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  19. ^ a b c d Spangenberg, George. “Statement of Mr. G.A. Spangenberg before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee, June 1973.” George Spangenberg Oral History. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  20. ^ a b Pike, John. “F-14 Tomcat Design.” GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  21. ^ a b Dorr 1991, p. 50.
  22. ^ "F-14A, Aircraft No. 3, BuNo. 157982." F-14 Association. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  23. ^ a b Sgarlato 1988, pp. 40–46.
  24. ^ Beavertail
  25. ^ Laurence K. Loftin, Jr. "Part II: THE JET AGE, Chapter 10: Technology of the Jet Airplane, Turbojet and Turbofan Systems." Quest for Performance: The Evolution of Modern Aircraft , 29 February 2009. Retrieved: 29 January 2009.
  26. ^ a b c d e Spick 2000, p. 81.
  27. ^ "NAVEDTRA No: 14313, AVIATION ORDNANCEMAN". globalsecurity.org
  28. ^ Dorr 1991, p. 51.
  29. ^ Holt, Ray M. "The F-14A “Tom Cat” Microprocessor." firstmicroprocessor.com, 23 February 2009. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  30. ^ “AN/ALR-67(V)3 Advanced Special Receiver” Federation of American Scientists. Retrieved: 29 December 2009.
  31. ^ Gunston and Spick 1983, p. 66.
  32. ^ a b Baugher, Joe. "Grumman F-14D Tomcat". 5 February 2000.
  33. ^ Rausa, Zeno. Vinson/CVW-11 "Vinson/CVW-11 report." Wings of Gold, Summer 1999. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  34. ^ Holmes 2005, pp. 16, 17.
  35. ^ "Briefing." DoD News, 5 January 1999. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  36. ^ Baugher, Joe. "TARPS Pod for F-14." F-14 Tomcat, February 13, 2000. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  37. ^ Baugher, Joe. "F-14." US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos, 30 September 2006. Retrieved: 7 January 2007.
  38. ^ Donald 2004, pp. 13, 15.
  39. ^ "Squadron Homecoming Marks End of Era for Tomcats". U.S. Navy, 10 March 2006. Retrieved: 20 January 2007.
  40. ^ Murphy, Stephen. "TR Traps Last Tomcat from Combat Mission." Navy Newsstand, 15 February 2006. Retrieved: 20 January 2007.
  41. ^ "Final launch of the F-14 Tomcat." navy.mil. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  42. ^ a b Vanden Brook, Tom. "Navy retires F-14, the Coolest of Cold Warriors". USA Today, 22 September 2006. Retrieved: 20 January 2007.
  43. ^ Tiernan, Bill. "F-14's Final Flight." Virginian-Pilot, 23 September 2006.
  44. ^ a b "Pentagon shreds F-14s to keep parts from enemies." AP, 2 July 2007. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  45. ^ "US halts sale of F-14 jet parts." bbc.co.uk. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  46. ^ Cooper, Tom and Liam Devlin. "Iranian Air Power Combat Aircraft". Combat Aircraft, Vol. 9 No. 6, January 2009.
  47. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory". 2009 Aerospace Source Book. Aviation Week and Space Technology, 2009.
  48. ^ a b c "F-14 Bureau Numbers." anft.net. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  49. ^ Anft, Torsten. "Grumman Memorial Park." Home of M.A.T.S. Retrieved: 28 December 2006.
  50. ^ Anft, Torsent. "F-14 Crashes sorted by Date." Home of M.A.T.S. Retrieved: 1 January 2008.
  51. ^ Spick 2000, pp. 75–79.
  52. ^ a b "F-14 Tomcat variants". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved: 20 September 2006.
  53. ^ Goebel, Greg. "Tomcat Improvements, F-14B / F-14D." Air Vectors, 1 October 2008. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  54. ^ Saul, Stephanie. "Cheney Aims Barrage at F-14D Calls keeping jet a jobs program." Newsday Washington Bureau, 24 August 1989, p. 6.
  55. ^ Spick 2000, p.75.
  56. ^ Cooper, Tom and Chris Davey. Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat (Osprey Combat Aircraft No. 49). London: Osprey, 2004. ISBN 1-84176-787-5.
  57. ^ VF-1285." anft.net. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  58. ^ "VF-1485." anft.net. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  59. ^ "VF-1486." anft.net. Retrieved: 8 December 2009.
  60. ^ "F-14 Tomcat." Cradle of Aviation Museum. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  61. ^ "F-14 Tomcat." Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  62. ^ "F-14D Tomcat - "Christine" / "Tomcatter 111" / "Felix 111". ov-10bronco.net. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  63. ^ Palm Springs Air Museum
  64. ^ /exhibits.php?nav=exhibits "F-14 Tomcat." Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  65. ^ Kirby, Kyle. "Grumman F-14D Tomcat: On Loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation." hickoryaviationmuseum.org. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  66. ^ U.S. Navy file
  67. ^ "F-14 Specifications." M.A.T.S. Retrieved: 23 December 2009.
  68. ^ Spick 2000, pp. 112-115. The hardpoints between nacelles include two on centerline plus 4 others next to nacelles. Points between nacelles can only carry a maximum of 4 missiles at one time. Each wing glove can carry one large pylon for larger missiles, with one rail on the outboard side of the pylon for a Sidewinder.
  69. ^ Down, John. "The Song Machine." opendemocracy.net. Retrieved: 25 July 2006.

Bibliography

  • Crosby, Francis. Fighter Aircraft. London: Lorenz Books, 2002. ISBN 0-7548-0990-0.
  • Donald, David. Warplanes of the Fleet. .London: AIRtime Publishing Inc., 2004. ISBN 1-880588-81-1.
  • Dorr, Robert F. "F-14 Tomcat: Fleet Defender", World Air Power Journal.^ The final flight demonstration of the F-14 Tomcat at the 2004 Muskegon Air Fair.
    • MILAVIA - Grumman F-14 Tomcat - Video Gallery 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.milavia.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Overview The F-14 Tomcat was designed as both an air superiority fighter and a long range, naval interceptor.
    • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The F-14 Tomcat was officially retired on September 22, 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Volume 7 Autumn/Winter 1991, pp. 42–99. London: Aerospace Publishing. ISSN 0959-7050.
  • Drendel, Lou. F-14 Tomcat in Action. Carrollton, Texas: Squadron/Signal Publications, 1977. ISBN 0-89747-031-1.
  • Eden, Paul. Modern Military Aircraft. .Phoenix, Arizona: Amber Books, 2004. ISBN 1-904687-08-3.
  • Eshel, D. Grumman F-14 Tomcat (War Data No.^ US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts .
    • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Grumman F-14 Tomcat in USN Service Grumman F-14 Tomcat in Iranian Service draft list .

    ^ The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable geometry wing aircraft.
    • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    15). Hod Hasharon, Israel: Eshel-Dramit Ltd., 1982.
  • Gunston, Bill and Mike Spick. Modern Air Combat. New York: Crescent Books, 1983. ISBN 0-517-41265-9.
  • Holmes, Tony. .US Navy F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom.^ F-14 Tomcat: Aerial of a US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat fighters, Strike Fighter Squadron 103 (VFA-103), Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Virginia (VA), in the sky over Iraq (IRQ) during a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ F-14s from VF-2, VF-31, VF-32, VF-154, and VF-213 would also participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
    • US Navy Grumman Tomcat F-14 Fighter / Interceptor Pictures History and Facts 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ F-14 Tomcat: A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat, Fighter Squadron Two (VF-2), Bounty Hunters, makes a hard landing on the deck of the USN Kitty Hawk class Aircraft Carrier USS CONSTELLATION after returning from a mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    London: Osprey Publishing Limited, 2005. ISBN 1-84176-801-4.
  • Sgarlato, Nico. "F-14 Tomcat" (in Italian). Aereonautica & Difesa magazine Edizioni Monografie SRL., December 1988.
  • Spick, Mike. .F-14 Tomcat, Modern Fighting Aircraft, Volume 8.^ F-14 Tomcat: On the flight deck of the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), sailors employ techniques on an F-14 Tomcat, used in aircraft fire fighting.
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ F-14 Tomcat: A US Navy (USN) F-14D Tomcat aircraft flies a combat mission in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. .
    • F-14 Tomcat fighter: Aircraft profile | Aviation Spectator - Airplanes, airliners, jets, videos, photos - RC to ballooning, civil and military aircraft, aerospace 6 February 2010 11:15 UTC www.aviationspectator.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Tags: aircraft • airplane • armed forces • educational • f-14 • fighter jet • jet • military • navy • tomcat Extras .
    • A Tomcat Tribute | SPIKE 14 January 2010 12:59 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

    New York: Arco Publishing, 1985. ISBN 0-668-06406-4.
  • Spick, Mike. "F-14 Tomcat". The Great Book of Modern Warplanes. St. Paul, Minnesota: MBI Publishing Company, 2000. ISBN 0-7603-0893-4.
  • Stevenson, J.P. Grumman F-14, Vol. 25. New York: Tab Books, 1975. ISBN 0-8306-8592-8.

External links


Simple English


The F-14 Tomcat is a fighter plane made for the American Navy. It first flew in 1970 and started to replace the F-4 Phantom II in 1973. It could carry 6 of AIM-54 Pheonix missiles and two AIM-9 Sidewinders. The plane is supersonic. In 2006, the Navy stopped using it. Iran uses the F-14, but they are rumored to be in bad condition.

Other pages


Citable sentences

Up to date as of December 25, 2010

Here are sentences from other pages on F-14 Tomcat, which are similar to those in the above article.








Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message