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Grumman F-14B Tomcat

Photo ID 200377 by David F. Brown. USA Navy Grumman F 14B Tomcat, 161428
(F-14B): Carrier-based, all-weather, interceptor

The F-14B was initially designated F-14A+ by the U.S. Navy. The addition of the GE F110 engines over the original P&W power-plant provided a significant boost in power and safety. The P&W TF-30 was prone to compressor stalls at all flight envelopes. The ALR-67 RADAR Homing and Warning system was introduced on the F-14B. The original AWG-9 RADAR was retained along with many of the A-model's systems. The ability to carry a LANTIRN pod was added to all Tomcats later on in the type's service life.

38 F-14's were built, new, as B-models and 48 F-14A's were converted on overhaul. The F-14B served in Desert Storm, Operation Southern Watch, Desert Fox, The Balkan Campaign and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom. The F-14B was drawn down before the type's final retirement from U.S. Navy service on 9/22/2006. The F-14B was never exported outside of the U.S.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 1986
  • Initial Service Date: 1988
  • No. Built: 86
  • 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

Paveway LGB, Mk. 80 series unguided bombs, Mk. 20 CBU
TARPS reconnaissance pod

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:41,780 lbs
Max. Weight:74,350 lbs
Max. Payload:14,500 lbs
Internal Fuel:16,200 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:1,544 mph
Service Ceiling:53,000 ft.
Normal Range:500 nm
Max. Range:2,050 nm

Operators:

United States Navy (86, retired)

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