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Grumman F-14 Tomcat Jet Fighter Plane

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a variable wing geometry "lifting-body" fighter and was the US Navy's main air superiority and fleet defence interceptor from 1974 to 2006. The F-14 Tomcat was designed in response to lessons learned with the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam which the F-14 Tomcat eventually replaced, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was also destined to replace the US Navy's RF-8G Photo Reconnaissance Crusaders in the 1980's following their retirement.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat Jet Fighter Plane


The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was finally retired after over three decades of USN service in September 2006 being replaced with the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet however the Tomcat remains operational with the Islamic Republic of Iran's Air Force. It is of note that the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the aircraft featured in the 1986 Academy Award winning film "Top Gun"

GrummanF-14D Super Tomcat Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot and Radar Operator
  • Length: 62 ft 9 in (19.1 m)
  • Wingspan Spread: 64 ft (19.5 m)
  • Wingspan Swept: 38 ft (11.58 m)
  • Height: 16 ft (4.88 m)
  • Wing area: 565 ft (54.5 m)
  • Empty weight: 43,735 lb (19,838 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 74,350 lb (33,720 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 27,800 lbf (124.7 kN) General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans
  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph, 2,485 km/h)
  • Combat radius: 500 nmi (575 mi, 926 km)
  • Ferry range: 1,600 nmi (1,840 mi, 2,960 km)
  • Rate of climb: 45,000 ft/min (229 m/s)

GrummanF-14D Super Tomcat Armament:

  • Guns: Single M61 Vulcan 20 mm Gatling Gun
  • Missiles: AIM-54 Phoenix, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
  • Bombs: GBU-10, GBU-12, GBU-16, GBU-24, GBU-24E Paveway I/II/III LGB, GBU-31, GBU-38 JDAM, Mk-20 Rockeye II, Mk-82, Mk-83 and Mk-84 series iron bombs

GrummanF-14D Super Tomcat Avionics:

  • Hughes AN/APG-71 radar

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