What did the F-14 Replace?
The F-14 Tomcat was the US Navy’s carrier-based two-seat air defence, intercept, strike and reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft was developed by Northrop Grumman to replace the F-4 Phantom fighter and entered service with the US Navy in 1972.
What made the F-14 so good?
The fighter’s new glass cockpit, digital avionics and greatly enhanced datalink increased the crew’s situational awareness. The F-14D was a true multi-mission aircraft and its proponents believed it was a better strike fighter than the vaunted F-15E Strike Eagle.
Did the Air Force ever use the F-14?
The Grumman F-14 Tomcat has served with the United States Navy and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) It operated aboard U.S. aircraft carriers from 1974 to 2006 and remains in service with Iran.
Does the military still use F-14 Tomcats?
The Tomcat was retired by U.S. Navy on 22 September 2006, having been supplanted by the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Several retired F-14s have been put on display across the US. The F-14 remains in service with Iran’s air force, having been exported to Iran under the Pahlavi regime in 1976.
Why does Iran have F-14 Tomcats?
FIVE YEARS BEFORE THE 1979 Islamic Revolution transformed Iran, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a pilot who had earned his wings in 1946 flying a British Tiger Moth, arranged for Iran to purchase 80 Grumman F-14A Tomcats and 633 Hughes AIM-54 Phoenix missiles for $2 billion.
What is the Tornado air defense variant?
The Tornado Air Defense Variant was selected for development from the original Tornado IDS GR1 attack aircraft in the late 1970s as the RAF’s dedicated fighter. The Tornado ADV has an 80\% commonality with the Tornado IDS attack aircraft.
How many different types of Tornado aircraft are there?
There are three primary Tornado variants: the Tornado IDS fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR and the Tornado ADV interceptor aircraft.
What kind of engine does a Tornado ADV have?
The aircraft is capable of operation in all weathers and at night, using night-vision goggles. Tornado ADV is equipped with a pair of Turbo-Union RB199-34R Augmented Turbofan, provide up to 9,100lb of dry thrust each. With afterburner, this increases out to 16,520lb of thrust each engine.
What is the difference between the Tornado GR4 and the F1?
The Tornado GR4 is an old bird but she can still defeat most AA systems and deliver a devastating weapons load. The F1 is still a very capable fighter. Both are due for retirement now the Typhoon has a strike capability and the F35 is entering service.