The Grumman F-14B Tomcat was a two-crew, variable geometry, maritime air superiority fighter that served with the US Navy for 32 years and continues to serve with the IRIAF in Iran. The F-14 was the US Navy’s frontline fighter from the 1970s until the mid 2000s. Over the course of its long service life it also became the US Navy’s premier precision ground-attack platform and lone airborne reconnaissance asset.
Outstanding features of the aircraft are the swing-wing configuration, crew of two, and the powerful AN/AWG-9 Weapons Control System (WCS) and radar. The AWG-9 allows employment of the powerful AIM-54 Phoenix air to air missile while the LANTIRN pod allows the ability to carry out precision ground strikes using laser guided bombs. The F-14 Tomcat was present during many pivotal historic moments such as the two Gulf of Sidra incidents, Operation Desert storm in Iraq, the conflict in Yugoslavia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was also immortalized in the iconic motion picture, Top Gun.
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Table of Contents
PART 1 – INTRODUCTION & JESTER AI
PART 2 – CONTROLS SETUP
PART 3 – COCKPIT & GAUGES
PART 4 – START-UP PROCEDURE
PART 5 – TAKEOFF
PART 6 – LANDING
PART 7 – ENGINE MANAGEMENT
PART 8 – FLIGHT & AERODYNAMICS
PART 9 – RADAR & SENSORS
PART 10 – OFFENCE: WEAPONS & ARMAMENT
PART 11 – DEFENCE: RWR & COUNTERMEASURES
PART 12 – DATALINK & IFF
PART 13 – RADIOS
PART 14 – AUTOPILOT
PART 15 – NAVIGATION & ACLS LANDING
PART 16 – AIR-TO-AIR REFUELING
PART 17 – REFERENCE MATERIAL & ACRONYMS
Last Updated: 24/11/2021
-24/11/2021: Re-wrote LANTIRN targeting pod section, added GBU-12 procedure with JESTER, updated Digital EIG (Engine Instrument Group) panel, added note to flash the navigation lights when taking off from a carrier at night, typo corrections
-12/06/2020: Radar Section rework (TWS Man, TWS Auto), Armament section improvements for air-to-air missiles, NAVGRID section added, added some Supercarrier-related descriptions, Takeoff section overhauled to be Supercarrier-compliant, TID HAFU symbology section improved, typo corrections
-14/10/2019: Added clarifications on air-to-ground weapons tutorial for Weapon Select Switch state
-28/08/2019: Added bookmarks
-15/08/2019: Formatting fixes, updated missing page numbers, updated pictures with lighting issues, fixed selective jettison procedure
-13/08/2019: Fixed typos, updated minor cockpit description items, further elaborated JESTER description, updated shore takeoff procedure, updated carrier landing procedure, re-wrote autopilot section, updated TACAN navigation section, corrected Pulse Doppler PD Search Mode section, updated Datalink section to include Datalink Reply switch, corrected GBU-10 description, corrected GBU-12 LANTIRN pod example, added Acronyms sub-section in Part 17, updated Controls section to include ICS and JESTER mappings, updated RIO start-up section to include Liquid Cooling switch and AN/ALE-39 PWR/Mode switch, added refueling probe limits
-9/08/2019: Initial Release