F-14A Tomcat History

03/79 through 09/97
Dates: Assigned To: Location:
03/79 – 10/79 NPRO Bethpage Bethpage
10/79 – 11/80 VF-124 NAS Miramar
11/80 – 09/81 VF-24 NAS Miramar
10/81 – 05/82 VF-24 Aboard USS Constellation
05/82 – 12/82 VF-24 NAS Miramar
12/82 – 01/83 VF-24 NAS Norfolk
01/83 – 07/83 VF-24 NAS Miramar
07/83 – 02/84 VF-24 Aboard USS Ranger
02/84 – 07/85 VF-24 NAS Miramar
07/85 – 12/85 VF-24 Aboard USS Kittyhawk
12/85 – 01/87 VF-24 NAS Miramar
05/82 – 12/82 VF-24 NAS Miramar
01/87 – 06/87 VF-24 Aboard USS Kittyhawk
06/87 – 09/87 VF-24 NAS Miramar

F-14A Tomcat Specifications

Dimensions and Weights
Length

62 ft 9 in (19.1 m)

Wingspan

Spread: 64 ft (19.55 m)
Swept: 38 ft (11.58 m)

Height

16 ft (4.88 m)

Empty weight

43,735 lb (19,838 kg)

Loaded weight

61,000 lb (27,700 kg)

Max. takeoff weight

74,350 lb (33,720 kg)

Accommodation

Two: Pilot and systems officer officer seated in tandem on Martin-Baker GRU7A rocket-assisted ejector seats

Performance
Maximum speed
Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph, 2,485 km/h) at high altitude
Combat radius
500 nmi (575 mi, 926 km)
Ferry range
1,600 nmi (1,840 mi, 2,960 km)
Service ceiling
50,000+ ft (15,200 m)
Rate of climb
>45,000 ft/min (229 m/s)
Powerplant

2 × General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans, Dry thrust 16,610 lbf (73.9 kN) each, Thrust with afterburner: 28,200 lbf (134 kN) each

Armament

Fixed: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barreled Gatling cannon, with 675 rounds

Disposable: Various air-to-air guided missiles. Various guided and free-fall bombs, targeting pods, and drop tanks. Disposable ordnance is carried on four under fuselage points and on two hardpoints under the inner portions of the wings, up to a maximum weight of 6,577kg (14,500lb).

Electronics and Operational Equipment

Communication and navigation equipment, plus Hughes AN/ AWG-9 weapon control system with radar able to detect targets at ranges in excess of 315km (195 miles), track 24 simultaneously and attack six at varying altitudes simultaneously; Northrop TCS (Television Camera Set) for long-range identification of targets; Kaiser AN/AVG-12 head-up display; Goodyear ANIALE-39 chaff dispenser; and various electronic countermeasures systems

Crew Chief

Billy Kerkhof

Country of origin

USA

Manufacturer

Grumman

b/n or serial number

160889

type

Shipboard variable-geometry multi-role fighter

ownership

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

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