The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corporation. The multiple tasks of navigation, target acquisition, electronic counter measures (ECM), and weapons employment are divided between the pilot and the radar intercept officer (RIO).
Primary missions include precision strike against ground targets, air superiority, and fleet air defense.
The first flight was in December of 1970. The F-14 Tomcat was officially retired on September 22, 2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana.
F-14A: (2) TF30-414A Afterburning Turbofans with over 40,000 lb Total Thrust
F-14B/D: (2) F110-GE400 Afterburning Turbofans with over 54,000 lb Total Thrust.
Length: 62 feet 9 inches (18.9 meters).
Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters).
Wingspan: 64 feet (19 meters) unswept; 38 feet (11.4 meters) swept.
Weight: 43,600 lb (19,777 kg) (F-14B).
Airspeed: Mach 2+. Ceiling: 50,000+ feet.
Range: 1600 nautical miles. Crew: Two (pilot and radar intercept officer).
F-14A Tomcat in Seattle, Washington
U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat 159848 at Tillamook in Oregon
U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat 159848 of the Fighting 14 Tophatters, USS John F. Kennedy