Spotlight On: Grumman F-14 Tomcat

Mushroom Model Publications produces primarily for the modelling fraternity but in the process produces books that also serve the aviation enthusiast very well. This book turns the spotlight on the F-14 Tomcat with some superb art work– Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Spotlight On: Grumman F-14 Tomcat
FILE: R2698
AUTHOR: Marcello Ribero
PUBLISHER: Stratus Mushroom Model Publications
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  41
PRICE: £19.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Missile carrier, fighter, Top Gun, jet fighter, naval 
aviation, F-4 Phantom, USN, IRIAF, swing wing, variable geometry, 
dog fight

ISBN: 978-8-365958-02-0

IMAGE: B2698.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Mushroom Model Publications produces primarily for the 
modelling fraternity but in the process produces books that also 
serve the aviation enthusiast very well. This book turns the 
spotlight on the F-14 Tomcat with some superb art work– Highly 
Recommended.

The Tomcat was an important fighter aircraft for the US Navy, 
following on from the F-4 Phantom. It is perhaps best known from the 
film “Top Gun” which was set against the USN fighter pilots school 
that was created to teach dog fighting.

The Vietnam War highlighted the deficiencies in naval air combat 
training where the smoky heavy jets had to fight small nimble MiG-21 
fighters and where gun combat and close dog fighting was required. 
The USN deficiencies were common to other air combat organizations 
and resulted from the belief that all future combat would be based 
on air-to-air missiles. This process began early in the jet 
fighter's evolution and the Royal Navy commissioned the de Havilland 
Sea Vixen which had originally been designed to meet an RAF All-
Weather fighter specification. The RAF specified a four canon 
armament with 30mm cannon and the ability to carry four infrared 
guided AA missiles. The spectacular disaster at the Farnborough Air 
Show, where the DH110 prototype broke up in the air, led to the RAF 
buying the bulky gun and missile armed Gloucester Javelin, but de 
Havilland continued development and offered the DH110 to the Fleet 
Air Arm. In naval use, the Sea Vixen carrier four IR AAMs under wing 
and could carry a selection of rocket and bomb munitions on hard-
points, but the spaces on either side of the front wheel, intended 
originally for cannon, were used for retractable unguided missile 
batteries. This all-missile armed all-weather fighter served the 
Royal Navy well as a carrier aircraft and the unguided missiles 
were intended to be ripple fired at enemy bomber formations, the 
radar operator flying the aircraft in the attack phase using radar 
to aim for the centre of the bomber formation. Other aircraft 
manufacturers followed this path, deleting guns and using missiles 
as the main armament.

The Tomcat was a twin engine supersonic aircraft using the then 
popular variable sweep wings to offer an wide range of performance. 
It was intended primarily as a missile carrier and could carry 
beyond-visual-horizon missiles, but the use of guns and sweep-wings 
made it a remarkably good dog fighter in dissimilar combat 
conditions.

This book has 40 specially commissioned colour plan and profile 
views offering a selection of camouflage, colours and marking. 
This will make the book a valuable source of information for 
modellers but will also offer a unique addition to the libraries 
of aviation enthusiasts. Presentation is outstanding.