An F-14D carrying a LANTIRN pod, 2005
A U.S. Navy F-14D conducts a mission over the Persian Gulf-region in 2005.
KA-6D Intruder of Attack Squadron 34 (VA-34 "Blue Blasters")
A U.S. Navy F-14D conducts a mission over the Persian Gulf region in 2005.
KA-6D Intruder of Attack Squadron 34 (VA-34 "Blue Blasters")
The F-111B was designed to fulfill the carrier-based interceptor role, but had weight and performance problems, and was not suited to the types of aerial combat that were predominant over Vietnam
YA2F-1 showing the original tilting tailpipes
Grumman's VFX entry was designed around the TF30 engine, AWG-9 radar and AIM-54 missile intended for the F-111B; this eventually became the F-14A
An A-6E landing on the aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66), showing the split airbrakes on the tips of its left wing
VFA-143 "Pukin Dogs" F-14B and F/A-18E Super Hornet in 2005
An A-6E Intruder aircraft assigned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).
An F-14D launching an AIM-7 Sparrow; a GBU-10 Paveway II is also carried.
S-3A Viking, A-6E Intruder, and an EA-6B Prowler aircraft are parked on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) during a storm.
An F-14D(R) from VF-213 flying over Iraq on last Tomcat deployment with LANTIRN pod on starboard wing glove station and LGB underneath fuselage.
A U.S. Marine Corps A-6 Intruder destroyed by a rocket and mortar bombardment on Da Nang Air Base in 1968 during the Vietnam War
F-14 Tomcat with wings in asymmetric sweep during testing for this possible in-flight malfunction
An A-6E Intruder prepares for launch aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Rear view of the F-14 showing the area between the engine nacelles
A-6A of VMA (AW)-242 in 1975
An F-14D prepares to refuel with probe extended.
A-6B on the USS Saratoga (CV-60) in 1971
F-14 with landing gear deployed
A-6C of VA-35 Black Panthers
F-14 Tomcat carrying an AIM-120 AMRAAM during a 1982 test.
A KA-6D refueling an F-14A in 1987
Two Iranian Tomcats equipped with multiple missiles, circa 1986, in the midst of a project to adapt I-Hawk surface-to-air missiles for F-14s
An A-6E SWIP Intruder of VA-34 flying over Spain during Exercise Matador.
An F-14A of VF-84 Jolly Rogers, in a 1970s color scheme
Final VA-34 A-6E SWIP Intruder launch from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN-73), 1996.
An F-14A from VF-114 intercepting a Soviet Tu-95RT "Bear-D" maritime reconnaissance aircraft.
Norden AN/APQ-148 Radar
An F-14A of VF-32 during Operation Desert Storm with a KC-135 Stratotanker and two EA-6B Prowlers in the background
A-6F prototype in 1987
A Navy F-14D flying over the skies of Afghanistan on a precision bombing mission in November 2001.
US Marine Corps EA-6A Intruder electronics aircraft of VMCJ-2 Playboys aboard USS America in 1974 during a visit to Scotland.
The last F-14 launch from a carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt on 28 July 2006
A-6E Intruder of VA-52, 1981
Iranian ace Jalil Zandi is credited with shooting down 11 Iraqi aircraft during the Iran–Iraq War, making him the highest scoring F-14 pilot.
A Grumman A-6 Intruder on display at Grumman Memorial Park
Formation flight of Iranian Tomcats, 2008
An A-6 Intruder on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
Close-up view of the distinctive afterburner petals of the GE F110 engine
An A-6F Intruder prototype on display at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York City
An upgraded F-14D(R) Tomcat with the ROVER transmit antenna circled with USS Theodore Roosevelt in the background
An A-6E Intruder on display at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Grumman's proposed F-14 Interceptor for USAF Aerospace Defense Command in 1972 with the simulated "Buzz Code" and Aerospace Defense Command livery and emblem on the tail
Orthographic projection of an A-6 Intruder
F-14 Tomcat operators as of 2014 (former operators in red)
A-6 ordnance, 1962
An IRIAF F-14 Tomcat landing at Mehrabad, Iran.
F-14A Tomcat of NFWS (TOPGUN) NAS Miramar c. 1993
Front view of an F-14A at Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, 2003
F-14A BuNo 162689 at the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, California, 2009
An F-14A on display at Grumman Memorial Park in New York
F-14A BuNo 160661 on display at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Aviation Challenge facility in Huntsville, Alabama, 2009
YF-14A at the Cradle of Aviation Museum
F-14B at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
F-14A of VF-84 "Jolly Rogers" at the Museum of Flight
Grumman F-14 Tomcat drawings
F-14A of VF 111 "Sundowners" (USS Carl Vinson)
F-14B from the VF-211 Fighting Checkmates carrying six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles.
Tomcat logo

The Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system was added in the 1990s and the Tomcat began performing precision ground-attack missions.

- Grumman F-14 Tomcat

Thus, when the A-6E was scheduled for retirement, its precision strike mission was initially taken over by the Grumman F-14 Tomcat equipped with a LANTIRN pod.

- Grumman A-6 Intruder

Until the early 1990s, the F-14 Tomcat didn't have clearance to drop bombs even though all Tomcats were built with a Stores Management System (SMS) that included air-to-ground options as well as rudimentary software in the AWG-9.

- LANTIRN

With the end of the Cold War and de-emphasis on the Fleet Air Defense mission, NAVAIR had renewed flight clearance work before Desert Storm so the F-14 could carry gravity bombs as well as laser-guided bombs if the target was lased by another jet (first Tomcat LGB drop in combat was made by VF-41 in 1995 during operations over Bosnia with an A-6 Intruder providing the requisite target illumination).

- LANTIRN

In the 1990s, with the pending retirement of the Grumman A-6 Intruder, the F-14 air-to-ground program was resurrected.

- Grumman F-14 Tomcat
An F-14D carrying a LANTIRN pod, 2005

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