Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Grumman
Markings
Fighter Squadron 111 (VF-111), USS Kitty Hawk, 1979
Designation
F-14A
Serial Number
160684

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Made famous by the movie “Top Gun,” the F-14 Tomcat is the last of Grumman’s “Cat” series of Naval fighters which began with the F4F Wildcat in the 1930s. The F-14 grew out of the failed attempt to turn the F-111 into a carrier-based interceptor. Design work on the Tomcat began in 1967, a full year before the F-111B was canceled. It adopted the best elements of that design including the AN/AWG-9 radar and Phoenix missile, twin engines, and a variable geometry “swing” wing and combined them into a large, twin-tailed form that became the symbol of American naval aviation from the 1970s through the first years of the Twenty-first Century. Tomcats entered service on the USS Enterprise in 1974, and flew some of the last American combat missions over Vietnam while providing air cover over Saigon during the American evacuation in April 1975. The Tomcat was retired from service in the U.S. Navy in 2006.

Specifications
Wingspan 64 ft 1 in
Length 62 ft 8 in
Height 16 ft
Weight 59,714 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 1,544 mph
Service Ceiling 55,000 ft
Range 2,400
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A turbofans with 20,900 pounds of thrust
Crew 2