Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The F14 Tomcat was a supersonic, variable swept wing aircraft designed to replace (beginning in 1972) the F-4 Phantom II as the US Navy's primary fighter/ interceptor. With its advanced weapons systems, the Tomcat could simultaneously track up to 24 targets. Tomcats armed with Phoenix (long range) air-to-air missles could destroy an enemy aircraft 100 miles (161 kilometers) away. In the mid 1990s, some Tomcats were modified to supplement the strike role. Known as "Bombcats", these aircraft could deliever "smart" bombs and other advanced air-to-ground ordnance. The last Tomcats were retired from the Navy in September 2006 (replaced by the F/A- 18E/F Super Hornet).
Manufacturer : Grumman (later Northrop Grumman)
Type: long range carrier-based fighter/ interceptor
Crew : pilot and radar intercept officer
Powerplant: two 29,000 lb (13,154 kg) static thrust Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofans with afterburner
Wingspan: 64 ft 1 in (19.54 m) spread; 38 ft 2 in (11.65 m) swept
Length: 62 ft 8 in (19.10 m)
Height: 16 ft (4.88 m)
Weight: 40,104 lbs (18,191 kg) empty; 74,350 lbs (33,725
Armament: one 20mm Vulcan multi-barrel cannons, six Phoenix (long range) plus two Sidewinder (short range), or six Sparrow (mediun range) plus four Sidewinder (short range), air-to-air missles, or up to 13,000 lbs ( 5,897 kg) ordnance
Maximum speed: 1,500 mph (24,14 km/h)
Combat radius: 575 miles (925 kilometers)
Service ceiling: 56,000 ft (17,070 m)
This aircraft on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida
Erected by Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical month for this entry is September 2006.
Location. 32° 47.373′ N, 79° 54.504′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Patriots Point Road. Aboard the USS Yorktown. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S-2 Tracker (a few steps from this marker); U.S.S. Laffey (within shouting distance of this marker); S-3B Viking (within shouting distance of this marker); Carrier-Based A-6 Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); A-6E Intruder (within shouting distance of this marker); F-8K Crusader (within shouting distance of this marker); SH-3G Sea King (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The A-7E Corsair II (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Also see . . . Grumman F-14 Tomcat. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on September 9, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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