YouTube - F-14 Tomcat
1998 US$ Cost
2- 27,800 lbs.ea.
61 ft. 9 in.
64 ft. 0 in.
38 ft. 0 in.
1- 20 mm
The F-14 Tomcat from Grumman was the fastest ever United States Navy fighter aircraft. It was used for air superiority, as an interceptor, and most recently, a ground attack aircraft. The Tomcat will always be remembered as an uncompromising, honest aircraft to those who flew it.
Originally the F-14 Tomcat carried up to six 120 mile range AIM-54 Phoenix missiles. As a cost savings measure these were removed on 9/30/04. It was the only aircraft to carry the missile.
Avionics of the F-14 Tomcat were capable of supporting all air-to-air combat and ground support missions. Computers monitored and provided real time information on weapons, navigation, and control systems, while a triple redundant GPS Navigator gave pin point position accuracy.
The most up to date radar of the F-14 Tomcat proved extreme reliability under adverse conditions. It enabled high resolution tracking of BVR targets with no lag time, even at closing speeds up to Mach 4.0. ECM and anti-jamming technology tied in to the weapons systems and navigation controls detecting threats and avoiding them.
The F-14 Tomcat was equipped with LANTIRN - Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night. It enabled all weather, day or night missions against ground targets.
Some feel that by many standards the 1970's F-14 Tomcat is still superior to the present day aircraft of many air forces. They argue as to whether the aircraft that have replaced it will be able to deliver the quantity of stores over similar ranges with the same precision. However, specifications show that they can, at least on paper.
The F-14 Tomcat retired from use by the United States Navy on September 22, 2006.
Pictured above is the F-14 Tomcat from Freewing with its builder Brian B. "Beeg". Its wings are adjustable during flight. Maximum wingspan is 61 in. and it is 59 in. long. It comes as PNP with complete lighting, including landing light, retracts, and two 3530 - 1750 kV motors turning 80 mm EDF fans.
Jet Hangar Hobbies has an all wood 57 in. wingspan F-14 Tomcat kit. It is 48 in. long, made from balsa and ply with sheeted foam core wings which are movable and have provisions for retracts. You will need a pair of 69 mm EDF units for power
There is a larger F-14 Tomcat kit by Jet Hangar Hobbies. It has a 66 in. wingspan and is 61 1/2 in. long. The all wood RC airplane can be powered by a pair of 90 mm midi fans.
Karl Meister told us about his F-14 Tomcat from Jet Hangar Hobbies. He tells us that it is a high end kit. It arrived at his home safe and sound in a well packed box. The assembly went quickly thanks to well written instructions. Flying the F-14 Tomcat is a great experience. It is very quick and moves out strongly at full throttle with the Medusa motors and 69 mm EDF units he uses. Take offs happen quickly with the jet leaping to life when the throttle stick is advanced just slightly. Tracking is straight and true. On its first flight the model got into the air at about 75% throttle after about a 150 foot roll. The first test of its flight characteristics was to throttle back, add up elevator, and observe its stall. It takes a while for the F-14 Tomcat to slow down, and once it does the tail will begin to rock back and forth a bit and the ailerons will stop being effective. With almost full up elevator, the right wing drops. However, adding throttle and gently pulling back on the elevator gets the plane flying again in short order. The model acted like it was a little tail heavy, and during its landing approach it rocked back and forth a bit. However, it sat down easily. When the c/g was checked out it turned out that the F-14 Tomcat balanced properly with the gear down. However, retracting the gear moved the c/g slightly rearward. For the next flight the c/g was adjusted with the gear retracted. With that taken care of, the jet flew great. On subsequent flights it was found that applying throttle more quickly resulted in lift offs of 120 feet or less. The F-14 Tomcat responds quickly to control inputs, while maintaining a solid flight attitude. A radar gun at the field recording one high speed pass of 133 mph. Vertical flight is unlimited and the F-14 Tomcat seems to gather speed when climbing. The roll rate is a bit on the slow side, with a full roll taking about 1 1/2 seconds. The only caution that Karl has for the F-14 Tomcat is to give the model lots of room when landing because it holds its speed very well.