F-14A Tomcat VF-111 Model
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic twin engine two-seat variable sweep wing two-place strike fighter manufactured by Grumman Aircraft Corporation. F-14 was the United States Navy s primary maritime air superiority fighter fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006. The F-14 first entered service in 1972 with the U.S. Navy replacing the F-4 Phantom II. The F-14A variant is a a two-set all-weather interceptor fighter version for the US Navy and modifications late in its service life added precision strike munitions to its armament. There were 545 F-14A delivered to the US Navy and 79 to Iran. The final 102 F-14As were delivered with improved TF30-P-414A engines. An additional F-14A was manufactured for Iran but was delivered to the US Navy. The Tomcat is capable of deploying air-to-ground ordnance in various configurations while simultaneously carrying the AIM-7 AIM-9 and AIM-54 air-to-air missiles. The F-14 has an airspeed of Mach 2+ and it was scheduled to remain in service through at least 2008. On September 22 2006 the F-14 retired from the U.S. Navy fleet and was replaced by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. As of 2007 it remains in service only with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.