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Grumman F-14 Tomcat

ICAO aircraft code F14
Manufacturer Grumman
Country United States
New price USD 50 million

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American carrier-capable supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft.


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Grumman F-14 Tomcat Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
1969 - 1991
United States
New purchase price
USD 50 million

Aircraft performance

Hughes AN/AWG-9, AN/ALR-23, Raytheon AN/APG-71
2x General Electric F110-GE-400
27,800 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
1342 Kts
2,485 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
125 Kts
Travel range:
1,600 Nm
2,963 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.78 Nm / gallon
0.382 Km / liter
Service Ceiling:
56,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
45000 feet / minute
228.60meter / second
Take Off Distance:
762 meter - 2,499.97 feet
Landing Distance:
732 meter - 2,401.55 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
33,725 Kg
74,350 lbs
Max Payload:
6,600 Kg
14,550 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
2,985 gallon
11,299 liter

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About the Grumman F-14 Tomcat

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

The F-14 first flew on 21 December 1970 and made its first deployment in 1974 with the U.S. Navy aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), replacing the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II. The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy’s primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor, and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform into the 2000s. The Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system was added in the 1990s and the Tomcat began performing precision ground-attack missions.

In the 1980s, F-14s were used as land-based interceptors by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force during the Iran–Iraq War, where they saw combat against Iraqi warplanes. Iran claimed their F-14s shot down at least 160 Iraqi aircraft during the war (only 55 of these confirmed, according to historian Tom Cooper), while 16 Tomcats were lost, including seven losses to accidents.

The Tomcat was retired by U.S. Navy on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Several retired F-14s have been put on display across the US. The F-14 remains in service with Iran’s air force, having been exported to Iran under the Pahlavi regime in 1976. In November 2015, reports emerged of Iranian F-14s flying escort for Russian Tupolev Tu-95, Tu-160, and Tu-22M bombers on airstrikes in Syria.

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