Manufacturer: Grumman
Designation: YF-14
Version: A
Nickname: Tomcat
Type: Fighter
Crew: Pilot & RIO
First Flew: 21 Dec 1970
Specifications
Length: 62' 8" 19.10 M
Height: 16' 0" 4.88 M
Wingspan: 64' 1" 19.53 M
Wingarea: 565.00 Sq Ft 52.48 Sq M
Empty Weight: 40101.0 lbs 18186.0 Kg
Gross Weight: 59714.0 lbs 27081.0 Kg
Max Weight: 74349.0lbs 33718.0 Kg
Propulsion
No. of Engines: 2
Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-412A 9A/B 20,900 Lb)
Thrust (each): 12350 5600
Performance
Cruise Speed: 610.00 mph 982.00 Km/H 530.81 Kt
Max Speed: 1544.00 Mph 2486.00 Km/H 1343.78 Kt
Climb: 32500.0 Ft/min 9905.52 M/min
Ceiling: 55000.0 Ft 16763.0 M

 

The F-14 came about from the cancellation of the Navy's interest in the F-lll
program. Grumman designed the aircraft to replace the venerable F-4 Phantom on
US Navy aircraft carriers. The Navy was looking for a carrier based all weather
air superiority fighter and what it got was one of the fastest, most agile, and
most capable aircraft in our inventory. The aircraft is made from over 24%
titanium. The variable sweep wings are computer controlled and automatically
adjust to the most effective position. At full forward sweep this large and
heavy aircraft can take off in less than 1000 feet. The F-14 weapon systems can
track up to 24 targets 100 miles away. The system can attack six targets
simultaneously with the long range Phoenix missiles. The F-14 was made famous in
the movie "Top Gun" and in the Mediterranean where it tangled with (and shot
down) two Libyan fighters. The F-14 is the Navy's standard carrier based fighter
with two squadrons serving aboard each carrier. The F-14B and D versions with
upgraded engines and avionics will serve the Navy well into the future. There
were 80 F-14A's built and delivered to Iran but without technical assistance
from the United States, the aircraft are merely expensive display items.  For
more about the aircraft, see the F-14 Tomcat
Association
website.

The aircraft at the March Field Museum is a preproduction A model, serial
number BUNO 157990, and it is on loan from the U.S. Navy.  It was number 11 of
12 test aircraft built.  One of the many important tasks that #11 participated
in was on the USS Independence , testing it's suitability for carrier use.   It
was transferred from General Dynamics - Pomona, along with the ground support
equipment seen inside the museum, where it was used to mount missiles for test
evaluation.   It was towed on its landing gear in the middle of the night along
Highway 60 from Pomona to March Field in September of 1992.