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Grumman F-14A Tomcat
On loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum
Did You Know?
- The F-14 Tomcat is a fighter/ground attack aircraft that was deployed by the U.S. Navy from 1974-2006.
- It made its first deployment in 1974 aboard the USS Enterprise.
- Its ability to sweep its wings aft 68 degrees from the horizontal, coupled with twin 21,000-pound thrust engines enables it 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, is able to simultaneously intercept, engage and destroy up to five incoming enemy aircraft out to distances in excess of 500 miles from a carrier task force.
- The Tomcat retired from the Navy's active fleet in 2006 and was replaced by the F-18 Super Hornet.
|Weight||40,104 lbs. (empty); 59,714 lbs. (loaded)|
|Maximum Speed||1,544 mph|
|Engine||Two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A, producing 20,900 lbs. of thrust each|