Point Mugu in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
F-14A Bureau Number 158623 was the 24th F-14 Tomcat manufactured by Grumman Aerospace Corporation. The aircraft began construction in 1971 and was accepted into the U.S. Navy’s operating inventory on 14 April 1973 by Fighter Squadron 124 based at NAS Miramar, CA. The aircraft was subsequently transferred to the Pacific Missile Test Center, now known as Naval Weapons Test Squadron Point Mugu, CA. On 6 July 1979 the aircraft was uniquely configured for data collection in support of F-14 research, development, test and evaluation projects. The aircraft was last flown on 8 January 1993 and has subsequently been retired from active service. The aircraft now belongs to the National Museum
Erected by U.S. Navy, and Grumman Aerospace.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. In addition, it is included in the AIAA Historic Aerospace Sites series list.
Location. 34° 7.903′ N, 119° 6.015′ W. Marker is in Point Mugu, California, in Ventura County. Marker is at the intersection of Naval Air Road and Wood Road, on the right when traveling south on Naval Air Road. At the Wood Road exit off Pacific Coast Highway/Hwy 1, in the Point Mugu Missile Park, open sunrise to sunset daily. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Hueneme CA 93041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The House of the Sea (approx. 2½ miles away); Hueneme Slough (approx. 5.3 miles away); Alaska Flight 261 Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away); Bank of Hueneme (approx. 5.8 miles away); Olive (approx. 6.1 miles away); American Beet Sugar Factory (approx. 6.2 miles away); Petre Ranch House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Point Hueneme Lighthouse (approx. 6.4 miles away).
More about this marker. Another marker is on display inside the nearby Archive Center:
AIAA Historic Aerospace Site.
Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, California.
Established in 1946 to provide a comprehensive test and evaluation site for tactical missiles, Point Mugu has been instrumental in the development, test, evaluation and inservice support of systems including Regulus, Sparrow, Phoenix, Bullpup, Harpoon, SLAM, Tomahawk, Standard, and Rolling Airframe Missile. The first missile launch from an operational submarine was also accomplished at Pt. Mugu.
Regarding F-14 Tomcat. Specifications -
Function: Carrier-based multi-role strike fighter
Unit Cost: $38 million
Propulsion F-14A: Two Pratt & Whitney TF-30P-414A
F-14B/D: 27,000 pounds per engine
Length: 61 feet 9 inches
Height: 16 feet
Max Takeoff Weight: 72,900 pounds
Wingspan: 64 feet unswept, 38 feet swept
Ceiling: Above 53,000 feet
Speed: Max Mach 1.88
Cruise: Mach .72
Carrier Approach Speed: = 125 kts
Mission Radius: 500 nm
Crew: Two, pilot and radar intercept officer
Armament: Up to 13,000 pounds
Additional keywords. AIAA Historic Aerospace Site
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