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The Grumman F-14 Tomcat

The Grumman F-14 Tomcat
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Uploaded: May 05, 2015
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The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is a supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft. The Tomcat was developed for the United States Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program following the collapse of the F-111B project and manufactured by Grumman Aerospace Corporation. The F-14 was the first of the American teen-series fighters, which were designed incorporating the experience of air combat against MIG fighters during the Vietnam War. The maiden flight of the F-14 Tomcat was on the 21st of December 1970 and was later introduced on the 22nd of September 1974. Primary users were the United States Navy, Imperial Iranian Air Force and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. There were 712 produced between 1969 and 1991. Cost per unit was approx. $38 million in 1998. The F-14 retired from the United States Navy on the 22nd of September 2006 but is still in service with the Iranian Air Force.


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