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My Dream Goal:
I want to fly an F-14 Tomcat.
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine,
variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter. The Tomcat's primary missions
are air superiority, fleet air defense and precision strike against ground targets.
The F-14 has visual and all-weather attack capability to
deliver Phoenix and Sparrow missiles as well as the M-61 gun and
Sidewinder missiles for close in air-to-air combat. The F-14 also has
the LANTIRN targeting system that allows delivery of various laser-guided bombs
for precision strikes in air-to-ground combat missions. The F-14, equipped with
Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) is the Navy's only manned tactical
The F-14 entered the fleet in 1973, replacing the F-4 Phantom
II. The F-14B, introduced in November 1987, incorporated new General Electric
F-110 engines. In 1995, an upgrade program was initiated to incorporate new
digital avionics and weapon system improvements to strengthen its multi-mission
competitive edge. The F-14D, delivered in 1990, was a major upgrade with F-110
engines, new APG-71 radar system, Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ), Joint
Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) and Infrared Search and Track
(IRST). Additionally, all F-14 variants were given precision strike capability
using the LANTIRN targeting system, night vision compatibility, new defensive
countermeasures systems and a new digital flight control system.
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Function: Carrier-based multi-role strike fighter
Contractor: Grumman Aerospace Corporation
Unit Cost: $38 million
F-14A: Two Pratt & Whitney TF-30P-414A turbofan engine with afterburners
F-14B and F-14D: Two General Electric F110-GE-400 turbofan engines with afterburners
TF-30P-414A: 20,900 pounds (9,405 kg) static thrust per engine
F110-GE-400: 27,000 pounds (12,150 kg) static thrust per engine
Length: 61 feet 9 inches (18.6 meters)
Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 72,900 pounds (32,805 kg)
Wingspan: 64 feet (19 meters) unswept, 38 feet (11.4 meters) swept
Ceiling: Above 50,000 feet
Speed: Mach 2+
Crew: Two: pilot and radar intercept officer
Armament: Up to 13,000 pounds to include AIM-54 Phoenix missile,
AIM-7 Sparrow missile, AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, air-to-ground precision
strike ordnance, and one M61A1/A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon.
Date Deployed: First flight: December 1970
Source: The United States Navy Fact File.
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