F-14 A/B/D Tomcats

DC Designs


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The F-14 Tomcat is a twin seat, swing wing, fleet defence and air superiority interceptor developed for the United States Navy. Equipped with a powerful radar, and the only aircraft capable of carrying the Phoenix missile, the Tomcat was unrivalled in its ability to protect an aircraft carrier from long range bombers, and also to engage enemy fighters at close range.

The aircraft first flew in 1970, and began replacing the F-4 Phantom in US Navy service in 1974 aboard USS Enterprise. Further developments resulted in the F-14B Tomcat, which entered service in 1987 equipped with more powerful engines and upgraded avionics. In 1991, the F-14D Tomcat entered service with further upgrades, becoming the ultimate version of the airplane until its retirement from the US Navy in 2006. The aircraft served in many theatres of conflict, twice gaining air combat kills for no loss against enemy aircraft during operations in the Gulf of Sidra. With the upgraded engines and the long-range track and target ability of its radar and Phoenix missiles, the F-14 Tomcat became the most capable aircraft of its day, able to engage enemy aircraft at ranges exceeding 100 nautical miles or tangle with them in close range dogfights. The Tomcat’s high lift devices and powerful engines allowed it to fight and defeat aircraft literally half its size, capabilities that allowed it to engage any enemy air force, anywhere in the world, when deployed as part of a carrier battle group.

The aircraft achieved further fame as a result of featuring in numerous Hollywood movies, becoming synonymous with the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, otherwise known as Top Gun, which many of its crews attended during the aircraft’s thirty years of service.

The DC Designs F-14 Tomcat is equipped with many of the real airplane’s systems, including DLC, ACLS, CADC multi-mode wing sweep system, AFCS, carrier launch oleo-crouch and tailhook. Manoeuvring flaps and slats are included, Heads Up Display and multi-function VDIs, while the crew are customisable, allowing users to edit the helmets, flight suit patches, names and even the faces as they wish. The F-14A Tomcat can suffer engine compressor stalls in the same way as the real aircraft, and both types can depart into flat spins if not handled carefully. The airplanes come with unique custom sounds for each engine type and a full manual and paint kit, allowing users to create their own color schemes for the many squadrons that flew the iconic F-14 Tomcat.

The package includes seven colour schemes; VF-1 Wolfpack, VF-41 Black Aces, VF-84 Jolly Rogers and VF-142 Ghostriders for the F-14A; and VF-32 Swordsmen, VF-143 Pukin’ Dogs and VF-213 Black Lions for the F-14B.

The F-14A Tomcat is a twin-engine, tandem two-seat, multi-role, supersonic jet fighter developed by the Grumman Aerospace Corporation. The Tomcat features a twin tail, a variable sweep wing, and can operate from land bases or aircraft carriers.

Developed primarily to fill the roles of air superiority fighter, long-range fleet air defense, and aerial reconnaissance for the U.S. Navy, the F-14A took its first flight on December 21, 1970 and began service in September of 1974. The most notable characteristic of the F-14A is its variable geometry wing which when fully extended to an angle of 20 degrees has a span of 64 feet, 1.5 inches, and when fully swept to an angle of 68 degrees measures 38 feet, 2.5 inches. The wing comprises a number of technical innovations including automatic adjustment of angle to optimize performance at the jet’s full range of speeds, from takeoff and landing to supersonic flight.

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414A afterburning turbofan engines that each generate 20,900 pounds of thrust, the F-14A boasts a top speed of 1,544 miles per hour (Mach 2.35), a service ceiling of 50,000 feet above sea level, a climb rate of 30,000 feet per minute, and a combat radius of 576 miles. The flight control system ranked as the most advanced of its day upon its debut and featured a computer utilizing the world’s first microprocessor, although due to its classified nature, this was not revealed for more than two decades after its introduction.

One of the most storied aircraft in aviation history, the F-14A evokes pure exhilaration just standing still. It’s large—the largest and heaviest U.S. fighter ever to fly from an aircraft carrier—its form is ultra-vigorous and imposing, and it evokes raw power. Once inside, aviators are treated to an intricately-designed cockpit that allows quick access and control of all the complex jet’s diagnostics and functions. With the throttles pushed all the way forward and the afterburners on, it’s more of a rocket than a jet, and once in the air, grants one of the most awesome experiences of any aircraft in history.