F-14 Tomcat Reference File

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F-14 Tomcat Main File

Canonicity

The F-14 is non-canon, however we can reasonably assume it was still in use during the early part of the 1st Robotech War. While the F-14 never appeared in Robotech, it did however make an appearance in the TV Series Macross Zero (as the F-14A+2), the Japanese language supplemental book Macross Journal Extra The Latest version of Sky Angels VF-1 Valkyrie Special Edition (as an unspecified F-14 derivitive with thrust vectoring nozzles similar to the VF-1 Valkyrie and no horizontal tail surfaces) and in the non-official Robotech Comic (as the YVF-14A Tigercat, a prototype fighter incorporating a GERWALK mode).

Program

  • Type: Two-seat interceptor, air superiority and multirole combat aircraft.1
  • Government: United States, United Nations Earth Government (U.N.)1, 2
  • Manufacturer: Grumman1, 2
  • Customers: US Navy, UN Spacy2
  • First Flight: F-14A – 1970 December 211, YVF-14A Tigercat – 2009 June 20, tested in Nevada4
  • Total number produced: F-14A/B/D – 7121, F-14+2 – 5752, YVF-14A – 54; Service life extended with upgrades implementing Overtechnology in avionics and other areas.2

Variants

  • F-14A: Baseline fighter accepted into service by the US Navy in 1974.1
  • F-14D: Improved fighter accepted into service by the US Navy in 1991.1
  • F-14A+2: Improved upgrade version deployed as a main fighter in the UN Spacy (U.N. Forces.).2
  • F-14(unspecified sub-type): Improved version with thrust vectoring and no tail surfaces.3
  • YVF-14A Tigercat: Prototype improved version with GERWALK capability.4

Design Features

All

  • Variable geometry (swing) wings.1, 2

YVF-14A Tigercat

  • Armored nose cone, armored titanium wing, flexible cera-plastic wing.4

Power Plant

  • F-14A: Two P&W TF30-P-414 rated at 4763 kg dry and 9480 kg with afterburning.1, 2
  • F-14D: Two GE F110-GE-400 turbofans rated at 6350 kg dry1, 2 and 13,700 kg with afterburning.1
  • YVF-14A Tigercat: Two Arumon TF69-A-707B turbofans, 17,327.2 kg (38,200 lb) thrust each with afterburning.4

Accommodation

  • Pilot and radar intercept officer (RIO) seated in tandem.1, 2

Avionics

All

  • Flare dispensers.2

F-14A

  • AWG9 firearms control system, range up to 166 km with the ability to track up to 24 targets.1, 5

YVF-14A Tigercat

  • AN/APG 1000 “Bee-eye” radar, IR search and track system, AN/AXX-1 television camera set.4

Armament

  • F-14A: Up to six AIM-54A Phoenix missiles with a range of 185 km.5
  • F-14D: Maximum ordnance of 6577 kg.2
  • F-14A+2: One Gun. Hard points for six AIM-54A Phoenix active radar homing missiles with maximum range of approximately 185 km, AIM-7 Sparrow semi-active radar homing missile series, or other armament.2
  • YVF-14A Tigercat: One 20mm M61-A1 cannon and one 40mm M99-A1 anti-tank cannon. Hard points for Winchester missile with fuel-air explosion multiple warhead missile payload.4

Dimensions, External

F-14D

  • Wing span: unswept 19.54 m swept 11.65 m1, 2
  • Length overall: 18.90 m/19.1 m1, 2
  • Height overall: 4.88 m1, 2
  • Wing area: unswept 52.5 m22

YVF-14A Tigercat

  • Wing span: unswept 19.54 m (64 ft 1 in) swept 11.65 (38 ft 2 in) overswept 10.1 m (33 ft 3 in)4
  • Length overall: 20.6 m (67 ft 7 in)4
  • Height overall: fighter 4.9 m (16 ft 1 in) GERWALK 6.9 m (22 ft 9 in)4

Masses and Loadings

F-14D

  • Mass empty: 18,951 kg2
  • Max T-O mass: 24,950 kg/33,724 kg1, 2

YVF-14A Tigercat

  • Mass empty:  13,200 kg (29,100 lb.)4
  • Max take-off: 49,323 kg (108,740 lb.)4
  • Max take off GERWALK: 34,019 kg (75,000 lb.)4

Performance

F-14D

  • Max speed: at 12200 m Mach 2.341, 2
  • Ceiling: 16150 m2
  • Cruising range: 3213 km2

YVF-14A Tigercat

  • Max speed at altitude: Mach 3.24
  • Max speed at sea level: Mach 1.44
  • GERWALK Max speed: Mach 1.14

Appearances

  • F-14+2: Macross Zero Vol. 1
  • F-14(unspecified sub designation): Macross Journal Extra The Latest version of Sky Angels VF-1 Valkyrie Special Edition
  • YVF-14A Tigercat: Robotech Comic

Sources

  • 1 Wikipedia: Grumman F-14 Tomcat
  • 2 The Macross Compendium
  • 3 Macross Journal Extra The Latest version of Sky Angels VF-1 Valkyrie Special Edition
  • 4 Robotech Comic Book
  • 5Bandai Visual: Macross Zero

 


 

 

Robotech (R) is the property of Harmony Gold. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (R) is the property of Big West Advertising and Studio Nue. This document is in no way intended to infringe upon their rights.

 

Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin (Macross); Tim Wing (original); Kaoru Shintani (Area 88). 

Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized on Robotech Illustrated.

 

 

Content by Tim Wing

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