F-14 Tomcat

As I don’t know all that much about the F-14 quite yet; there may be a follow-up post later.

The F-14 Tomcat is an advanced USAF fighter with two powerful General Electric F414 turbofan engines. Two air intakes give air into the engines for up to mach 2 propulsion. But what makes this aircraft such a beauty is its innovative swing-wing design. Take a look at the featured image I put on this post. There is the outline of a second set of wings, next to the elevators. This is the Tomcat’s closed wing option. It generates less lift, so it is difficult to takeoff and land with the wings closed. But during flight, closed wings make the F-14 more aerodynamic and streamlined, to fly faster.

The F-14 Tomcat is aircraft carrier ready, with a tail-hook. If you don’t know what a tail-hook is, it is a hook device that can be dropped from an aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier, and on planes like the F/A-18 and F-14, tail hooks can latch on arresting wires on aircraft carriers to help land planes on a moving runway and stop, from 150 miles per hour to 0, in less than two seconds.

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