An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the "Black Lions" of Fighter Squadron Two One Three (VF-213), conducts a high-speed pass at the conclusion of the tactical air power demonstration at the 2004 "In Pursuit of Liberty," Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. (US Navy photo)

An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the “Black Lions” of Fighter Squadron Two One Three (VF-213), conducts a high-speed pass at the conclusion of the tactical air power demonstration at the 2004 “In Pursuit of Liberty,” Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. (US Navy photo)

The plane, the myth, the legend.

We are working on a proper “article” about this legendary airplane, but in the mean time enjoy this info and these great photos.

Specifications

General

Crew: 2 (Pilot and Radar Intercept Officer)
Length: 62 ft 9 in
Wingspan:64 ft. spread, 38 ft. swept
Height: 16 ft
Empty weight: 43,735 lb
Max. takeoff weight: 74,350 lb
Engine: Two General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans

Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph) at altitude
Combat radius: 500 nmi
Range: 1,600 nmi (1,840 mi)
Ceiling: 50,000 ft
Thrust/weight: 0.92

Armament

Guns: One 20 mm M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon, with 675 rounds
Hardpoints: 10 total: Six under-fuselage, Two under nacelles and Two on wing gloves
Capacity: 14,500 lb of ordnance and fuel tanks
Loadout:

  • Missiles:
    • AIM-54 Phoenix
    • AIM-7 Sparrow
    • AIM-9 Sidewinder
  • JDAM Precision-guided munitions
  • Paveway series of Laser guided bombs
  • Mk 80 series of unguided iron bombs
  • Mk 20 Rockeye II
  • Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS)
  • LANTIRN targeting pod
  • Two 267 gal drop tanks for extended range/loitering time

Essential Reading

Bye Bye Baby” is the definitive book about the F-14 Tomcat. It is chock full of data, insights, stories, graphics, and amazing photos. Do yourself a favor and buy the hardcover. It’s worth having in your library.

Tomcat!: The Grumman F-14 Story” is wonderfully written by retired navy Rear Admiral Paul T. Gillcrist.

Visually, make sure you’ve seen “Top Gun” a few dozen times. History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” also has a good depiction of the sunset of the F-14 program.

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