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In terms of weapons, the Tomcat like all of America's post-Vietnam fighters is armed with a 20-millimeter cannon, as well as an assortment of guided missiles. The latter includes AIM-9 Sidewinders and the new AIM- 120 AMRAAM. But the real centerpiece of the Tomcat arsenal is its array of six AIM-54 Phoenix air-to-air missiles. The Phoenix was designed for the F-14 and is unique to it. S. service. The combined range capability of the Tomcat and Phoenix means that enemy aircraft armed with antiship missiles could, theoretically, be intercepted and shot down before they could get close enough to endan- — — American fleet.

Maximum T-O ft. ): Cruising speed (mph): 74,349 50,000 + 633 Top speed (mph): 1,544 Maximum 2,000 range (miles): — Right: A Tomcat crew awaits their turn catapult. on the carrier 33 Tomcafs "swing wings" are shown in fullswept ":speed of heat" position (top) and full forward Left: ' for landing {bottom). Right: An F-14 dogs photo ship over the Salton Sea in California desert. JG the 3S A Naval Reserve Tomcat of the VF-302 "Stallions" fires an AIM-7 Sparrow radarguided missile in a rare live-fire exercise.

By the early 1980s, Eagles had already begun to ce the F-4s as the Air Force's first-line fighters. In eantime, export deals were struck in which Eagles 1 be exported to Israel, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. to provide air 54 Unlike the F-4, McDonnell designed the F-15 as a one-person plane, with the role of the backseater performed by a high-speed computer that simply wasn't available 20 or 30 years ago. Two-seat combat-capable F-15B and F-15D trainers do exist but, for the most part, the Eagle drivers ride alone.

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