...At long last...I've done it. This is the most proud I've ever been for a plane I've built in SP. 327 parts, spread across 3-4 days of slow progress. It's finished; I couldn't be happier.
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a twin-seat, twin-engine, all-weather mach 2 fighter interceptor developed for the U.S. Navy in the late 1960's as a much needed replacement for the F-4 Phantom then in service. Concerned with both Russian cruise missile threats and well aware of the F-4's deficiencies in Air-2-Air combat, the Navy put out a request for a new fighter. Initially trialing a modified F-111 Aardvark, the Navy settled on a Grumman proposal around 1969. Thus the F-14 was born.
The F-14A was the initial production variant powered by two Pratt & Whitney TF-30 turbofans. While a capable fighter the engines would prove troublesome, and many accidents could be attributed to the low suitability of the TF-30s to fast manuevering, high AoA, and rapid throttle changes. It was F-14A models that took part in the 1981 and later 1989 Gulf of Sidra incidents, as well as starring in a "small indie film" called Top Gun (obvious sarcasm). The Tomcat is a legendary bird by all accounts, and though it's retired it still holds a place in aviation history.
Group 1 tailhook
Group 2 swing-wing
Group 3 Wing Glove winglets (Hardly anybody models these. Later F-14s disabled them)
Group 4 Airbrakes
Group 5 drop tanks
Trim for Trim
VTOL for flaps
- Successors 1 airplane(s)
- Created On Windows
- Wingspan 63.3ft (19.3m)
- Length 63.0ft (19.2m)
- Height 16.2ft (4.9m)
- Empty Weight 34,228lbs (15,525kg)
- Loaded Weight 52,267lbs (23,708kg)
- Power/Weight Ratio 1.289
- Wing Loading 38.2lbs/ft2 (186.7kg/m2)
- Wing Area 1,366.8ft2 (127.0m2)
- Drag Points 9038
- Number of Parts 327
- Control Surfaces 4