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Is it possible to own an F-14 Tomcat?

I’ve chatted with a few F-14 pilots who are members of the Tomcat Association, aviation museum curators, as well as former NFWS Topgun instructor Dave “Bio” Baranak about the possibility of getting ...
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Fuel jettison in Top Gun, is there any reason to do this other than show-boating?

Doesn't look like it was any 'tactical' reason- rather it was used to get a cool shot, which is totally OK with me. From rulit.me: While setting up for a filming pass, the camera crew had ...
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Why wasn't the F-14 upgraded for an electronic warfare role after the Cold War?

Cost, weight, age, and commonality. Cost and weight: The F/A-18 was designed to be a relatively affordable and maintainable multirole fighter, in part addressing the deficiencies of the F-14 in this ...
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What capabilities have been lost with the retirement of the F-14?

The F-14 wasn't just an air defense fighter. Any multirole would work for a carrier-on-carrier fight, winning through numbers and training. The F-14 was designed to counter a specific threat: Tu-16s ...
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Why was Energy Maneuverability theory not applied to the F-14?

The Energy Maneuverability theory is primarily a conceptual design framework. Its role is to be a guideline in creating the requirements for your aircraft. This is something well above the ...
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Why was the F-14 retired 15 years ago while the contemporary F-15 is still operational?

There aren't enough F-22s to go around. Too expensive. The F-18C/D Hornet that replaced the F-14 has itself been mostly replaced by the F-18E/F Super Hornet. The look the same, but the E/F is actually ...
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Is it possible to own an F-14 Tomcat?

Highly unlikely. There were only two operators of the F-14: the US and Iran. When the US decommissioned theirs in 2006, aside from a few stripped airframes in museums, they were all destroyed to ...
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Why wasn't the F-14 upgraded for an electronic warfare role after the Cold War?

Just to build on the answer by Therac; at the end of the Cold War the US Navy also had the ES-3 based on the S-3 Viking, the EA-3 based on the A-3 Skywarrior as well as the EA-6 based on the A-6 ...
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How big was the F-14 fleet compared to other US carrier-based aircraft in 1981?

During the plane’s heyday, the US Navy maintained 26 active duty F-14 squadrons for the 12 carriers certified for F-14 operations, 4 Test and Evaluation squadrons, 2 Fleet Replacement squadrons and 4 ...
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What is this thing between the engines on the F-14 Tomcat?

The only thing I can add here, is that the two square holes on the underside next to the tail hook, are for the chaff and flares.
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What additional functionality is provided by the F-14 nose pitot, absent in early models?

The probe on the nose isn't a pitot tube (although it might looks like one). That's an AoA sensor as explained here: Home of M.A.T.S. - Sensor Probes Reported from the link above: Angle-of-Attack ...
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How did they solve the compressor stall issue of the F-14A in the B?

Grumman changed the F-14 powerplant from the Pratt and Whitney TF-30 engine to the General Electric F-110 engine when the F-14B was developed. This not only provided the airframe with an extra 16,000 ...
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Why was the F-14 retired 15 years ago while the contemporary F-15 is still operational?

The chief reason was to save money. At the turn of the 21st Century, the Navy saw shifting to the new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for all seaborne tactical strike operation (and eventually electronic ...
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Why did the F-14 sweep wing control have a cover?

During normal operation the wing sweep angle is controlled automatically by the CADC. The manual override would only be in use in case of CADC malfunction or on the ground to "oversweep" the ...
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Why was the F-14 retired 15 years ago while the contemporary F-15 is still operational?

There are two main parts to answer this question: First part is a list of reasons as in the other answer: F-14 was too optimized for one reason, BARCAP (Barrier Combat Air Patrol: when an interceptor ...
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Why was Energy Maneuverability theory not applied to the F-14?

In my understanding, EM is not a serious 'theory' that can be 'incorporated' in the aircraft design. It tells nothing new to engineers, even in the 60s. Rather, it is a convenient tool to evaluate (...
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Fuel jettison in Top Gun, is there any reason to do this other than show-boating?

Short answer: it’s not done in real air to air engagement, but it looks really cool on film. While it is common for pilots to jettison external tanks and other ordnance prior to getting into a merge ...
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