The F-14 Tomcat Story

Overview

Designed to improve on the F-4 Phantom’s air combat performance, the Tomcat entered service with the U.S. Navy in 1974, replacing the F-4 Phantom II. The winning Grumman design reused the TF30 engines from the F-111B, though the Navy planned on replacing them with the F401-PW-400 engines then under development by Pratt and Whitney for the Navy. Though lighter than the F-111B, it was still the largest and heaviest U.S. fighter to ever fly from an aircraft carrier. The F-14 had its first kills on August ...

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Overview

Designed to improve on the F-4 Phantom’s air combat performance, the Tomcat entered service with the U.S. Navy in 1974, replacing the F-4 Phantom II. The winning Grumman design reused the TF30 engines from the F-111B, though the Navy planned on replacing them with the F401-PW-400 engines then under development by Pratt and Whitney for the Navy. Though lighter than the F-111B, it was still the largest and heaviest U.S. fighter to ever fly from an aircraft carrier. The F-14 had its first kills on August 19, 1981, over the Gulf of Sidra and went on to serve in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The only F-14 loss in combat was when a crew was shot down over Iraq, the pilot rescued by Special Forces and the RIO held as a POW until the end of the war. This book tells the story of this fascinating aircraft which still serves in Iran’s Air Force today.

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"Holmes' empathy with the Tomcat community is evident."  —Scale Aircraft Modelling on F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring Freedom

"Nicely written and hard to put down once you start reading . . . highly recommended for anyone interested in the Tomcat."  —Internet Modeler on F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring Freedom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752449852
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2010
  • Series: Story series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,447,387
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Holmes is an aviation expert and the author of Jane's U.S. Military Aircraft, Jane's Vintage Aircraft Recognition Guide, and Warbird Legends.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

Evolution 11

Design and Testing 17

Construction and Powerplant 23

Cold War Fleet Service 29

Persian Cats 48

Improving the Breed 55

Desert Storm 65

'Bombcat' 74

War on Terror 87

Appendix 1 Specifications 116

Appendix 2 Milestones 118

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