Grumman F-14B “Tomcat”


Grumman F-14B “Tomcat” at the New England Air Museum

Specifications

Type:   Air superiority fighter and defense interceptor
Crew:   2
Capacity:   
Armament:   1 X 20mm Gatling cannon; 10 hardpoints, up to 14,500 lbs. ordinance
Length:   68' 8”
Height:   16'
Wingspan:   Unswept: 64' 1” Swept: 38' 2 1/2”
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   41,780 lbs.
Gross Weight:   74,250 lbs.
Cruise Speed:   576 mph
Maximum Speed:   1,544 mph (Mach 2.48)
Range:   2,000 naut. miles
Service Ceiling:   Over 53,000'
Powerplant:   2 X General Electric F-110-GE-400
Year:   
Serial No.:   162926
Registration:   
Location:   Military Hangar

THIS AIRCRAFT IS ON LOAN FROM THE NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM, PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was a supersonic, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft made famous by the 1986 film Top Gun. Introduced in 1974, the F-14 served as the Navy's primary maritime air superiority and fleet defense fighter for the next three decades until the platform was retired in 2006.

NEAMs F-14B, Bureau Number 162926, was the 574th F-14 manufactured by Grumman and was delivered to the Navy in 1988. It served with fighter squadrons VF-142 and VF-143 (call sign “Taproom”) and made deployments on the carriers Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), George Washington (CVN-73), and John F. Kennedy (CV-67), accumulating more than 4,600 flight hours. It left Naval Air Station Oceana in March of 2005 and was flown to Bradley International Airport, where it was decommissioned and donated to the museum soon after.

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