22 F-14 Tomcat impressive last formation flying – Saying Goodbye

22 F-14 Tomcat impressive last formation flying - Saying Goodbye
F-14 Tomcats fly in formation over Naval Air Station Oceana after completing its final deployment flying the F-14 Tomcats. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Class Steven King (RELEASED)

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft.

The F-14 Tomcat was carrier-based two-seat aircraft. The aircraft was developed by Northrop Grumman to replace the F-4 Phantom fighter and entered service in 1972.

F-14 cockpit: Catseye night-vision goggles have been installed in the F-14 since 1996

 

Saying Goodbye – HUGE F-14 Flyby

They are supplied by BAE Systems. The F-14D front cockpit is equipped with a head-up display and two multifunction flat-screen displays.

The rear cockpit for the radar intercept officer is equipped with a display that presents fused data from the AN/APG-71 radar and from the suite of aircraft sensors.

The airframe that reached such a top milestone was a Grumman F-14D and it was the last but one Tomcat (or Super Tomcat, as the D version was also known) built.

 

22 Tomcat fly-by CVN-71 2006

The Tomcat came in three different models: A, B, and D. Initially, the Tomcat used Pratt and Whitney TF-30 engine that have low thrust.

So they required the pilot to run the afterburner when launching from the carrier later these engines were replaced by General Electric F-110 engines

 

FS2004 – 10th F-14 Tomcat Retirement Anniversary Flyby

To view Tomcat combat history open the link: Tomcat Aircraft Carrier Action & Combat History

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