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Grumman F-14A (1982) REMASTERED

24.1k EngineerOtaku  4 months ago

Long description again but I haz lots to say about this build so sorry.

UPDATE: Links to alternate F-14A's are finally live and good to go.
F-14A 1974
F-14A Late

Short Background of the F-14A

The F-14A is the first variant of the Tomcat to enter service with the U.S. Navy, having been certified for operations in 1973 and first seeing action during the American evacuation from Saigon in 1974-1975. While often considered the first of the Generation 4 fighters and first in the "teen series," it is most certainly a fighter built on 1960's technology. It is a twin-seat, twin-engine fighter-interceptor with dual vertical tails, all-moving tailerons, full length trailing edge flaps and leading edge slats, and famously the variable geometry swing wing. Designed and built as a successor to the failed USAF-USN joint F-111 project the Tomat's main role is a fleet defense interceptor and air superiority fighter; to this end the aircraft was designed around the capability to wield the mighty Hughes AIM-54 Phoenix missile and its AN/AWG-9 pulse-doppler radar. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414 turbofan engines the Tomcat could fly at Mach 2.34 in a clean configuration, with a power/weight ratio of 0.56 at maximum takeoff weight.

While a capable aircraft that has proven its worth during both Gulf of Sidra shootdowns, the Gulf War, and Iraqi Freedom, the TF30 has proven a source of much discontent and accounts for roughly 28% of all accidents in the F-14. The engine's tendency to stall at high altitude, low speed, and high AoA forced pilots to restrict the sort of flying they could perform - an issue not corrected until the introduction of the GE F-110 engine. However the F-14A perhaps remains the most famous model of the Tomcat thanks to its use in the 1980 film The Final Countdown and of course 1986's iconic Top Gun. The last F-14A's were retired sometime in 2003-2004. To say the F-14 is a darling of military aviation is a massive understatement.

This example is painted in a transitional all-grey early 80's paint scheme and bears the red stripes and T E X A S emblem of VF-201 "Hunters," a reserve squadron that flew the Tomcat from the mid-late 70's until 1998 when they swapped to F/A-18 Hornets. It is configured for a typical patrol mission with two 1,010L drop tanks, two AIM-54A Phoenix, two AIM-7F Sparrows, and two AIM-9H Sidewinder missiles.

Controls

Group1 - Tailhook
Group2 - Wing sweep (on ground/storage only). Unfortunately I couldn't get this to have the 75 degree oversweep as exists in reality.
Group3 - Flaps+slats down. Also reduce roll control by 50% for better handling on landing.
Group4 - Airbrake
Group5 - Jettison drop tanks
Group8 - Master arm/Disable+enable radar
VTOLup - Raise nose cone
Trim - Trim (pitch only)

...This is easily the most parts I've put into a build. It's also an experiment of sorts in utilizing the new Funky Tree system to automate several functions that are on the real fighter. These include;
- Swing wings. Start at neutral (20 degree), then sweep backwards through 48 degrees to full position (68 degree). Sweep starts at 538mi/hr and stops at 730mi/hr. As mentioned a 75 degree oversweep is used for carrier storage, but I couldn't get the hinge rotator to behave that way.
- Glove vanes. These were to aid in control at supersonic speed (above M1.4). Here they open in the transonic range (M1 - M1.3).
- Air inlet ramps. These slowed and semi-compressed the air as it entered the engines, preventing supersonic airflow. They activate around 700mi/hr or so.
- Landing gear retract on a delay. The main gear don't need to, but the front gear has functional doors (a first for me) which close last and open first, as they should. The main gear were gonna get doors too, but...I gave up. ._.

Anyways hope you all enjoy; I wasn't totally happy with the old F-14A after a while, so I hope this is a worthy successor to that. I may link some variations at a later time. Bye!

Spotlights

General Characteristics

  • Successors 5 airplane(s) +301 bonus
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 63.5ft (19.4m)
  • Length 62.3ft (19.0m)
  • Height 18.4ft (5.6m)
  • Empty Weight 40,219lbs (18,243kg)
  • Loaded Weight 60,129lbs (27,274kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 1.569
  • Wing Loading 44.6lbs/ft2 (217.7kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,348.6ft2 (125.3m2)
  • Drag Points 5003

Parts

  • Number of Parts 660
  • Control Surfaces 8
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    4,799 DarkMarble1

    @EngineerOtaku Hey i posted my Successor for your plane, can i request your opinion cuz i do have another request soon. but thank a lot, your a great help. I learned some new thing from your builds

    2 months ago
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    @Wewee2010 wut

    3 months ago
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    @Zuig5 I've been thinking about it. Perhaps at some point I'll give it a shot, and after learning stuff from this F-14 I'm definitely inspired

    4 months ago
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    623 Zuig5

    Can you make an F/A-18F Super Hornet?

    +1 4 months ago
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    11.2k LucasNicky

    @Wewee2010 bruh i got one -PFM
    maybe have a try?

    4 months ago
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    @Wewee2010 lol

    4 months ago
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    @Wewee2010 I mean I have a MiG-21-93 I did a month or two back. Could try that out.
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    At some point or another I may do the PFV for funsies. Also redo my old F-13 Fishbed-C in the "new" build style I have.
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    Also easy on caps friend ;)

    4 months ago
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    @UFNNICF5TF G o t t a G o F a s t Y ' a l l

    +1 4 months ago
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    4,799 DarkMarble1

    This is amazing, can i use this as a template for my own F-14 (I'm just starting SP and I'm a trash builder right now)

    4 months ago
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    @SimpleJets Hopefully nothing as horrendously complex. XD

    +1 4 months ago
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    2,337 SimpleJets

    You still have better programming then me, it really looks cool with how they disable them self’s automatically . Cant wait to see what’s next!@EngineerOtaku

    +1 4 months ago
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    70.0k DILOPH

    Intersting@EngineerOtaku

    4 months ago
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    @MailboxIsMyGender Aww well that doesn't seem fair to everyone else that make dang good stuff.

    4 months ago
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    @Diloph Just a typo I'm assuming. :)
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    As I explained towards the bottom of the description, those are called the glove vanes. In simplified terminology they're basically tiny wings that extended out when the Tomcat goes above Mach 1.4 to allow for greater control. In theory they were supposed to let you do 7.5G max turns at supersonic, with wings fully swept. Later in service they were disabled because they added more complexity and...really the Tomcat shouldn't be doing 7.5G at supersonic. Save that kind of pilot stuff for dogfighting.

    4 months ago
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    @SimpleJets Which I managed to program with the Funky Tree system :D However I feel as though I may have gotten the wrong angle threshold cuz i went for 57 degrees of sweep before the spoilers disable themselves. Also I programmed it based on airspeed rather than sweep angle, so I still have much to learn.
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    I am seriously falling in love with the Funky Trees; I took a programming class at community college but that was more like C/C+/C++. This is equally cool though.

    4 months ago
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    5,854 Serval

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHH. Honestly your builds are the only reason I keep playing this game.

    4 months ago
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    2,337 SimpleJets

    Actually, the spoilers were used for rolling. However, not for the full flight. The spoilers were used when the wing was extended past 50 degrees at low speed to help with adverse yaw. @Diloph

    +1 4 months ago
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    11.2k LucasNicky

    Tha need o' speed gang

    +1 4 months ago
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    70.0k DILOPH

    F-24? Also what are the wings on the front? Never new what those were@EngineerOtaku

    4 months ago
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    @SimpleJets Thankies :)

    4 months ago
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    @Shippy456 I was certainly hoping to surpass the old one. It's definitely a cleaner build than the first build (especially the pancake).

    4 months ago
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    @Diloph Everything I've seen, read, or heard says otherwise but okie. Also lel F-24

    4 months ago
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    70.0k DILOPH

    Also, spoilers on the wing for roll aren’t real, those were part of airbrakes, it only had elevons

    4 months ago
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    70.0k DILOPH

    Best f-24 so far!

    4 months ago
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    4,289 Shippy456

    (Reads description) oh. It is a new record. XD
    Nice job!

    +1 4 months ago
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