F-14 Design Lecture

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The Phantom and the Tomcat were both designed to be interceptors , to protect the " bird farm " . Using them for any thing else was outside their design criteria .
 
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister
The Phantom and the Tomcat were both designed to be interceptors , to protect the " bird farm " . Using them for any thing else was outside their design criteria .
As a kid I had a huge model F14. It was almost 2 feet long. So cool and boy did I want to fly that thing. I also had a book on the development of F14. I only remember a couple of things about it. One being that the F-111 was a precursor and large wing area which gave it a low stall speed and the use of titanium to fabricate the joint which allowed the wings to sweep back. It was pretty heady stuff for a 10 yr old.
 

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Mike Ciminera gave a great lecture. I thought I'd linked it before, but I really appreciate you sharing this. Some great insight into the design, how the engineers were thinking, and some of their brilliance in the final product.
 

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I enjoy the engineering detail and that he acknowledges that the F-111 was a big stepping stone to their design success. That museum has some great presentations.
 
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It's a shame the government never spent the money for an upgraded F-14 and retired the aircraft. I was surprised the F-14 was dropping laser guided bombs towards the end if of its career. The last time I saw a Tomcat was at the Ft Lauderdale Air & Sea Show and the F-14 put on an amazing show. We were on the pier and Maverick made some low passes over us. 👍
 
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What could have been. wink https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zo...omcat-21-would-have-actually-looked-like

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