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Grumman F-14A

8,758 EngineerOtaku  2 months ago

...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

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General Characteristics

  • Successors 3 airplane(s) +42 bonus
  • 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)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.289
  • Wing Loading 38.2lbs/ft2 (186.7kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,366.8ft2 (127.0m2)
  • Drag Points 9038

Parts

  • Number of Parts 327
  • Control Surfaces 4
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    @Datboi1234 lol
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    If I do an F-14B or D modification, I'll probably disable the winglets. They don't add a ton of agility to the build (which I think was a similar conclusion the Navy reached).

    one month ago
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    Nice that u added the winglets BTW

    +1 one month ago
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    A crappy one, but still a cobra!

    +1 one month ago
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    I can do a friggin cobra in this

    +1 one month ago
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    @EngineerOtaku no problem! It’s really fun to fly, (even tho it’s a bit hard to keep it level, but that’s fine with me.)

    +1 one month ago
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    @ShermanFirefly Danger Zone intensifies
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    Thank you. I'll be honest I was woefully optimistic about the part count. I thought it'd be 200 or less; BOY was I wrong lel

    one month ago
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    Finally! A mobile friendly F14! Great work btw
    Also! Three words, top gun intensifies

    +1 one month ago
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    1,136 0644701018

    I love F-14 very much

    +1 one month ago
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    @Spitfirelad05 It's been sitting in my list of jets to build for a while. Glad to finally make it. :)

    +1 2 months ago
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    @EngineerOtaku Thank you for this amazing carrier aircraft! I love it. :D

    +1 2 months ago
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    Yeah. @EngineerOtaku

    2 months ago
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    @AerialFighterSnakes F :'(
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    That scene is exactly the sort of thing the F-14A was plagued with; the TF-30s weren't able to handle the kind of maneuvering the Tomcat would be doing. Fly just wrong and the compressor blades would stall and the engine lost all power.
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    THANKFULLY the later F-14A+/F-14B got the new GE F-110 and that problem went away.

    2 months ago
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    You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
    Too much love drives a man insane
    You broke my will, oh what a thrill
    Goodness gracious great balls of fire XD lol press f to pay respects to Goose :( @EngineerOtaku

    2 months ago
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    @AerialFighterSnakes

    There's a raging fire in the sky tonight!
    Going higher and higher in my soul!
    There's a raging fire in my heart tonight!
    I wanna ride on the silver dove far into the night!
    'Til I make you take me on your mighty wings?
    Make you, take me, out on your mighty wings across the sky!
    Take me on your mighty wings!
    Take me on your mighty wings tonight!

    ...I get 'cha. ;)

    2 months ago
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    I have some words to say about this,
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    Revvin' up your engine
    Listen to her howlin' roar
    Metal under tension
    Beggin' you to touch and go
    Highway to the danger zone
    Ride into the danger zone
    Headin' into twilight
    Spreadin' out her wings tonight
    She got you jumpin' off the track
    And shovin' into overdrive
    Highway to the danger zone
    I'll take you
    Ridin' into the danger zone
    You'll never say hello to you
    Until you get it on the red line overload
    You'll never know what you can do
    Until you get it up as high as you can go
    Out along the edges
    Always where I burn to be
    The further on the edge
    The hotter the intensity
    Highway to the danger zone
    Gonna take you
    Right into the danger zone
    Highway to the danger zone
    Right into the danger zone
    Highway to the danger zone
    Gonna take you right into the danger zone
    Highway to the danger zone
    Right into the danger zone
    Highway to the danger zone
    Gonna take you right into the danger zone
    Highway to the danger zone
    Right into the danger zone
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    I’m gonna cry if you don’t know the name of this song.

    +5 2 months ago
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    @Aeromen I debated throwing in two more engines.

    I don't know whether SP's physics are true for Earth, but more speed can always be had by going higher. I do agree it's more sluggish than I'd like though.

    +2 2 months ago
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    Very nice!

    +1 2 months ago
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    21.0k Aeromen

    Very good man but is too slow

    +2 2 months ago
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    3,455 Kungfuevan

    It’s beautiful

    +2 2 months ago