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

22 F-14 Tomcat impressive last formation flying - Saying Goodbye
F-14 Tomcats assigned to the Black lion’s Fighter Squadron Two One Three (VF-213) and the “Tomcatters” of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) fly in formation over Naval Air Station Oceana after completing its final deployment flying the F-14 Tomcats. For the past 30 years, the F-14 Tomcat has assured U.S. air superiority, playing a key role in ensuring victory and preserving peace around the world. The F-14 Tomcat will be removed from service and officially stricken from the inventory in September of 2006. 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 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, tomcat used Pratt and Whitney TF-30 engine that have low thrust.

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

 

FS2004 – 10th F-14 Tomcat Retirement Anniversary Flyby

To view tomcat combat history open link: Tomcat Aircraft carrier Action & combat History

 

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