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The F-14 Tomcat 

was manufactured by Grumman. The F-14A had two Pratt & Whitney TF-30 engines producing 20,900 lbs of thrust each with a total of 41,800 lbs of thrust. Later models of the F-14 used 2 General Electric F110 engines producing, in afterburner, 27,000 lbs each and a total of 54,000 lbs of thrust. The F-14 Tomcat had an empty weight of 40,100 lbs with a max weight of 74,000 lbs. The Tomcat was 62' 8" Long, 16' high and had a max wingspan of 64' 1". The f14 's cruise speed is 610 mph and it has a max speed of 1544 mph. This is the military 's second swing wing jet fighter, the first was the F-111. This plane is a 2 place jet fighter and was termed the fleet defender. It first flew on 21 Dec 1970 and had its first west coast fleet deployment on the USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63 in 1977. I was on that cruise, C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster.

The F-18 Hornet

made by McDonnell Douglas, is a multi role fighter which also performs the attack function. The F-18 has an empty weight of 23050 lbs. and a max weight of 56000 lbs. The F-18 Hornet uses two General Electric F-404 engines each producing 16,000 lbs of thrust, combined produce 32,000 lbs of thrust. Later versions of the f18 produce more thrust than this "A" model. The F-18A has a max speed of 1190 mph and a maximum climb rate of 60,000 ft/min The F-18 is used by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels

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A Beautiful front view of the USS Kitty Hawk, CV-63

An F-14 Tomcat takes off in the background,

while an F-18 Hornet gets ready to be put on the Cats


F-18 in the foreground, F-14 taking off of the catapult

f14 tomcat and f18 hornet on the deck of the uss kitty hawk

Photo from ET2 Darren Drake
stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk

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An F-14 Tomcat takes off while men work on F-18 Hornet in the foreground.

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C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster 

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