The F-14A is a twin seat, twin engined interceptor, capable
of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaisance roles.
A Mach Sweep Programmer selects the optimum wing sweep
angle based on speed and altitude. The aircraft has twin vertical
tails with rudders and all-flying horizontal tails. The large
rectangular inlets utilize variable multiple shock ramps for
good supersonic performance. The crew consists of two, seated
in a tandem arrangement on Martin Baker GRU/7A zero-zero ejection
seats, with the pilot in front and RIO (Radar Intercept Officer)
in back (leading to the RIO's unofficial nickname - GIB (Guy
In Back) .
Two Pratt & Whitney TF30 engines, each rated at 20,900lb
thrust (in afterburner). Primary weapon system is the AWG-9,
which controls the radar, calculates intercepts, sets priorities
and monitors other subsystems. Physical firing of missiles is
done by the AWG-15 computer. Weapons carried include the AIM-9
Sidewinder, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-54 Phoenix, M61A1 20mm vulcan
cannon, Mk80 series bombs, training bombs, Mk20 cluster bombs,
sea mines and Laser Guided Bombs (LGB's).
This F-14 hails from the Top Gun School at Miramar
Specifications of the different F-14 variants that
were produced between 1969 and 1992. Grumman produced some 710
F-14's with the last one being an F-14D on 20 July 1992. One
F-14 variant is not specified below, the original F-14B with
Pratt & Whitney 401 engines.