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Grumman F-14D Tomcat

Photo ID 200281 by David F. Brown. USA Navy Grumman F 14D Tomcat, 159630
(F-14D): Carrier-based, all-weather, multi-role, strike fighter

The 'D model' Tomcat is the ultimate version of the F-14 and the end for a long line of progressive upgrades to the type. A glass cockpit, new AN/APG-71 radar, IRST unit, and GE F110 turbofans. The new engines made the F-14D safer to fly at lower speeds and at high AoA. DoD cut-backs ended F-14D production at 37 new airframes and 18 conversions. Not all USN Tomcat squadrons received the F-14D. The F-14D was never exported outside of the U.S. Although not new to the F-14D, the ability to deploy precision guided air-to-ground weapons was built into the D's new digital databus. JDAM weapons were used by F-14D's in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2005, some F-14D airframes were upgraded to carry the ROVER III full motion video datalink system for use in the FAC role.

The last F-14D's were retired from U.S. Navy service in September of 2006. The F-14's place in the fleet was taken by the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1989
  • Initial Service Date: 1991
  • No. Built: 55
  • No. In Service: 0
  • No. of Hardpoints: 10
  • Crew: 2

Power:

2 General Electric F110-GE-400 afterburning turbofans at 27,800 lbf

Weapons:

1 20 mm M61 Vulcan Gatling Gun, with 675 rounds

6 x AIM-54 Phoenix AAM
4 x AIM-7 Sparrow AAM
4 x AIM-9 Sidewinder AAM

JDAM, Paveway LGB, Mk. 80 series unguided bombs, Mk. 20 CBU

Dimensions:

Length:62 ft. 9 in.
Wing Span:64 ft. 0 in./38ft. 0 in.
Wing Area:565 sq.ft
Height:16 ft.
Empty Weight:43,735 lbs
Max. Weight:74,350 lbs
Max. Payload:14,500 lbs
Internal Fuel:16,200 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,544 mph
Service Ceiling:50,000 ft.
Normal Range:500 nm
Max. Range:1,600 nm

Operators:

United States Navy (55, retired)

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