posted on Aug, 24 2012 @ 11:32 PM
the tomcat that was one bad ass aircraft.
but best to my knowledge, they are no longer in service in the U.S.
from the wiki
The last American F-14 combat mission was completed on 8 February 2006, when a pair of Tomcats landed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
after one dropped a bomb over Iraq. During their final deployment with the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), VF-31 and VF-213 collectively completed
1,163 combat sorties totaling 6,876 flight hours, and dropped 9,500 lb (4,300 kg) of ordnance during reconnaissance, surveillance, and close air
support missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) launched an F-14D, of VF-31, for the last time on 28
July 2006; piloted by Lt. Blake Coleman and Lt. Cmdr Dave Lauderbaugh as RIO. The official final flight retirement ceremony was on 22 September
2006 at Naval Air Station Oceana, and was flown by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Richard and Lt. Mike Petronis as RIO in a backup F-14 after the primary aircraft
experienced mechanical problems. The actual last flight of an F-14 in U.S. service took place 4 October 2006, when an F-14D of VF-31 was
ferried from Oceana to Republic Airport on Long Island, NY. The remaining intact F-14 aircraft in the U.S. were stored at the 309th Aerospace
Maintenance and Regeneration Group "Boneyard", at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, before being shredded to prevent any components from being
acquired by Iran.
and i think your mistaken about the engine.
this from the wiki
The final variant of the F-14 was the F-14D Super Tomcat. The F-14D variant was first delivered in 1991. The original TF-30 engines were replaced
with GE F110-400 engines, similar to the F-14B. The F-14D also included newer digital avionics systems including a glass cockpit and replaced the
AWG-9 with the newer AN/APG-71 radar. Other systems included the Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ), Joint Tactical Information Distribution
System (JTIDS), SJU-17(V) Naval Aircrew Common Ejection Seats (NACES) and Infra-red search
and track (IRST).
here's the wiki link
Grumman F-14 Tomcat
iran is the only country left flying the tomcat, i read some where that their plane are in sucj bad shape that their pilots are afraid to fly them.
although i have not found it again the wiki says they have 44 and they claim 25 are operational.
eta: i could have sworn that you had another engine listed, sorry about the ex-text about the engine.
edit on 24-8-2012 by hounddoghowlie
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