|Year/Model:||1975 F-14B Tomcat|
|Power Plant:||Two 16088 lb GE F110-GE-400 turbofans|
|Wingspan:||Open: 64 feet 2 inches Swept: 38 feet 0 inches|
|Length:||61 feet 0 inches|
|Height:||16 feet 0 inches|
|Gross Weight:||74,349 pounds|
|Maximum Speed:||1,584 mph|
|Maximum Range:||578 Statute miles, 1,600 statute miles with external fuel tanks|
|Service Ceiling:||68,000 feet|
|Status:||Static Display, On Loan|
|Owner:||On loan from National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL|
You can see #210 coming home with it's squadron from it's final tour with the "Red Rippers". Aircraft is nose to nose with #205 at 3:55 point of below video.
This F-14B is a veteran of the Gulf War, and when retired, was stripped of much of it's heavier military components, flew from Pensacola, Florida to Paso Robles. The date was Saturday, December 11th, 2004. When the pilot was questioned, once landing at Estrella Warbirds Museum, how fast he flew, he commented, "Just over Mach 2.4, it was the lightest Tom Cat I've ever flown." He commented, "Put it this way. I looked at my watch while flying over Phoenix. We were on the ground here in Paso Robles 13 minutes later."
One of 1,700 Starfighters built, our two-place G-model first served with US Air Force markings while operated by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) located at Luke AFB, Phoenix, AZ. It served as a trainer for German pilots. In 1975 it was assigned to NASA Ames Research center, where it was used in safety tests, as a photo plane, and for pilot proficiency training. One of its instructor-pilots being the legendary Chuck Yeager. After 1,127 flights, it was retired in 1985, then loaned to California Polytechnic College in 1995, and in turn to the Estrella Warbirds Museum in March 2000.
The F-14 Tomcat won the Navy's VFX fighter competition on January 15, 1969. First production of 12 prototypes came on December 21, 1970, and the original contract for 497 aircraft, including prototypes, was extended into the '90s for a total of 621. The F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, variable sweep wing, two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corporation. The multiple tasks of navigation, target acquisition, electronic counter measures (ECM), and weapons employment are divided between the pilot and the radar intercept officer (RIO). Primary missions include precision strike against ground targets, air superiority, and fleet air defense.
A Class-A carrier-based multi-role strike fighter, its main spar is a one-piece electron beam-welded structure of titanium alloy. Fins and rudders are light alloy honeycomb with multiple spars and boron epoxy composites skins. The fuselage, with machined frames, titanium main longerons, and light alloy stressed skin, is essentially a fuel-carrying box. The internal fuel tank stores 16, 200 lbs, external fuel tanks an additional 3, 800 lbs.
Long-span spoilers ahead of the flaps and automatic leading-edge slats assist maneuvering. The automatic wing sweep has manual override and automatic scheduling of control with airspeed, and auto stabilization and angle-of-attack control.
Crew consists of a pilot and radar intercept officer. Typical armament: AIM-54 Phoenix missile, AIM-7 Sparrow missile, AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, air-to-ground ordnance, and one 20mm MK-61A1 Vulcan cannon.
Manufactured at a unit cost of $38 million by Grumman Aerospace Corp at various locations.