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Grumman F-14A Tomcat

On loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

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.

Specifications

Crew Two
Wingspan 64 ft.
Length 63 ft.
Height 16 ft.
Weight 40,104 lbs. (empty); 59,714 lbs. (loaded)
Maximum Speed 1,544 mph
Range 2,400 miles
Engine Two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A, producing 20,900 lbs. of thrust each
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