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HA5237 Grumman F-14D Tomcat NE100/163894, VF-2 “Bounty Hunters”, USS Constellation, 2003

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a twin-engine, variable sweep wings capable of supersonic flight. The aircraft is crewed by a Pilot and a Radar Intercept Officer who share the tasks of navigation, target acquisition, ECM and weapons usage. The Tomcat was operated by the United States Navy and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force only. The name “Tomcat” is said to come from the call-sign used by Vice Admiral Thomas Connolly which conformed to the USN tradition of giving Grumman aircraft feline names.

The fourth time the designation VF-2 “Bounty Hunters” was resurrected was on October 14, 1972. After training, VF-2 received its first F-14A in early 1973 and it wasn’t until early 1974 before they reached full strength of 12 F-14As. VF-2’s initial deployment came in 1974 in Vietnam as part of the air support for the evacuation of Saigon. The first production F-14D completed its maiden flight in early 1990 but it wasn’t until the early 1993 before VF-2 received their first F-14Ds. In 2003 VF-2 re-equipped with the F/A-18F and became VFA-2.

Specifications for the Grumman Aerospace F-14 Tomcat
Role - Carrier-based multi-role strike fighter
First Flight – F-14A 1970, F-14B (F-14A+) 1986, F-14D 1990
Last Production Year – F-14D July 20, 1992
Number All Variants Produced – 710
Crew - 2 (pilot and radar intercept officer)
Type F-14A F-14B (F-14A+) F-14D
Dimensions
Length 62 ft 8 inches 62 ft 8 inches 62 ft 8 inches Wingspan (Swept) 38 ft 2.5 inches 38 ft 2.5 inches 38 ft 2.5 inches Wingspan (Unswept) 64 ft 1.5 inches 64 ft 1.5 inches 64 ft 1.5 inches Height 16 ft 16 ft 16ft
Performance
Powerplants F-14A 2 x P&W TF-30-P414A F-14B 2 x GE F-110-GE-400 F-14D 2 x GE F-110-GE-400 Maximum Thrust F-14A 34,154 lbs F-14B 56,400 lbs F-14D 56,400 lbs Maximum Speed F-14A 1,544 mph (Mach 2.38) F-14B 1,544 mph (Mach 2.38) F-14D 1,544 mph (Mach 2.38) Ceiling F-14A 50,000+ ft F-14B 53,000+ ft F-14D 53,000+ ft Range F-14A 1,730 nm F-14B 2,050 nm F-14D 2,050 nm
Weight
Empty F-14A 40,104 pounds F-14B 41,780 pounds F-14D 43,735 pounds Maximum F-14A 72,000 pounds F-14B 74,349 pounds F-14D 74,349 pounds 1 x MK-61A1 Vulcan 20mm cannon Maximum Weight – 13,000 lbs. Of Combined Ordnance Air-Air Missiles 6 AIM-7 Sparrows 4 AIM-9 Sidewinder 6 AIM-54 Phoenix
Air-To-Ground MK-82 (500 lbs.) 4 MK-83 (1,000 lbs.) 4 MK-84 (2,000 lbs.) MK-20 cluster bombs 4 GBU-10 LGB GBU-12 MK-82 LGB 4 GBU-16 MK-83 LGB 4 GBU-24 MK-84 LGB