F-14 Tomcat in Action (Aircraft 32)
By Lou Drendel
Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 1977 51 Pages
PDF 9 MB
"The F-14 Tomcat Is the ultimate air-combat weapons system."....So goes the opening line of the Grumman Aerospace Corporation's information sheet on the Tomcat. Parochial as it may seem, this is a fair assessment of the F-14, lor the Tomcat has bridged the gap from yesterday to tommorrow. In aerodynamics and avionics.
Even before the Tomcat flew, it was in a battle for survival, as the full wrath of anti-military congressional critics was directed at each new weapons system proposed in the waning months of the Vietnam War. That it was born of the abortive F-111B. which was to have been the Navy version of the F-111A. one TFX, did nothing to smooth the bumpy road from design to fleet introduction.