F-14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat in front of Hangar #1.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat … sleek … powerful…deadly…and the REAL star of the movie Top Gun.  The final prototype of the F-14 took off on May 24th, 1971, with its variable-geometry wings for speed and greater stability. In full forward-sweep position, the wings provided the lift needed for slow-speed flight, especially needed during carrier landings. In swept-back positions, the wings blend into the aircraft, giving the F-14 Tomcat a dart-like silhouette for high-speed, super-sonic flight (using Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-412A Turbofans). By 1972, the first of the F-14 Tomcat’s off the production line were sent to the US Navy.

F-14 before it received a new paint job, thanks to expert volunteers at NASW.

NASW Aviation Museum

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Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
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