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Grumman F-14A Tomcat

A Grumman F-14A Tomcat in flight
Manufacturer: Grumman
Model: F-14A Tomcat
Year: 1976
Span: 19.5316m / 64ft
Length: 19.1018m / 63ft
Height: 4.8768m / 16ft
Wing Area: 52.4885m² / 565ft²
Empty Weight: 18191.2kg / 40,104lbs
Gross Weight: 27086.3kg / 59,714lbs
Maximum Speed: 2484.3km/h
Cruise Speed: 981.49km/h / 610mph
Power Plant: Two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A, 20,900 lb. thrust each
Range: 3861.6km / 2,400miles
Registration: 160382
On Loan From: National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.

The Museum's Grumman F-14A Tomcat at NAS Oceana, Virginia, in 1976

The Musem's Grumman F-14A Tomcat on display on the South Lawn

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

The failure of the General Dynamics F-111B to meet US Navy requirements for an advanced carrier-based air-superiority fighter led to a new design contest which was won by Grumman with its variable-geometry, two-seat, twin-engine aircraft designated the F-14. Named the Tomcat, procurement began in 1969 for 700 aircraft. Deliveries to the Navy began in June 1972, with the initial deployment of operational carrier squadrons in 1974.

The ability to sweep its wings aft 43 degrees, coupled with twin 21,000-lb-thrust engines enabled the F-14 to achieve speeds in excess of twice the speed of sound.

The F-14, with its Phoenix air-to-air missiles, coupled with airborne early-warning aircraft radar, was able to simultaneously intercept, engage and destroy up to five incoming enemy aircraft out to distances in excess of one hundred miles from a carrier task force. The F-14 was later used in the ground-attack role, as well.

Reduction of force requirements and concurrent cuts in defense spending necessitated the gradual replacement of the F-14s by F/A-18s in 2006.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida.