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F-22 Raptor vs F-14 Tomcat

The F22 Raptor and the F14 Tomcat are both iconic fighter jets. Though they were both designed in the late 1970s, they both remain in service today. So which jet is better? In this article, we will compare the features and specs of each aircraft to see which one comes out on top!

Aircraft: Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Grumman F-14 Tomcat
Lockheed Martin F 22A Block 35 Raptor.
US Navy F 14A Tomcat of Fighter Squadron 124 VF 124.
Country: United States United States
Manufactured: from: 2005 to: 2011 from: 1969 to: 1991
ICAO: F22 F14
Price: $139 million $50 million
Avionics: Lockheed F/A-22 Integrated avionics, AN/AAR-56 Missile Launch Detector (MLD) Hughes AN/AWG-9, AN/ALR-23, Raytheon AN/APG-71
Engine: 2x Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 2x General Electric F110-GE-400
Engine Type: Turbofan Turbofan
Power: 35,000 pound-force 27,800 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed: 1963 knots
3,635 Km/h
1342 knots
2,485 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref): - 125 knots
Travel Range: 1,600 Nautical Miles
2,963 Kilometers
1,600 Nautical Miles
2,963 Kilometers
Fuel Economy: 1.1 nautical mile / gallon
0.538 kilometres / litre
0.78 nautical mile / gallon
0.382 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling: 65,000 feet 56,000 feet
Rate of Climb: 68897 feet / minute
350.00metre / second
45000 feet / minute
228.60metre / second
Take Off Distance: 480 metre
1,574.78 feet
762 metre
2,499.97 feet
Landing Distance: 200 metre
656.16 feet
732 metre
2,401.55 feet
Max Take Off Weight: 38,000 Kg
83,775 lbs
33,725 Kg
74,350 lbs
Max Landing Weight: - -
Max Payload: 1,776 Kg
3,915 lbs
6,600 Kg
14,550 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2,400 gallon
9,085 litre
2,985 gallon
11,299 litre
Baggage Volume: - -
Seats - Economy: 1 seats 2 seats
Seats - Business Class: - -
Seats - First Class: - -
Cabin Height: - -
Cabin Width: - -
Cabin Length: - -
Exterior Length: 18.9 metre
62.01 feet
19.1 metre
62.66 feet
Tail Height: 5.08 metre - 16.67 feet 4.9 metre - 16.08 feet
Fuselage Diameter: - -
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter: 13.56 metre
44.49 feet
19.55 metre
64.14 feet
Wing Tips: No Winglets No Winglets
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Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

Lockheed Martin F 22A Block 35 Raptor
Reinhard Zinabold Lockheed Martin F-22A Block 35 Raptor

The F-22 aircraft is a fifth-generation fighter jet that was designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. The aircraft is highly maneuverable and has a top speed of Mach 2.2. It is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and sensors, as well as weapons systems that make it a formidable opponent in any situation.

The F-22 has a wingspan of 44 feet and is 62 feet long. It weighs approximately 43,000 pounds when fully loaded with fuel and weapons. The F-22 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney F119 engines that generate more than 35,000 pounds of thrust each. The F-22 first flew in 1997 and entered service with the US Air Force in 2005. To date, there are 183 F-22 aircraft in service with the US Air Force.

Why was the F-22 aircraft built & developed?

The F-22 aircraft was built and developed for multiple reasons. It was designed to be an air superiority fighter, which means that its primary role is to gain control of the skies in combat situations.

To do this, the F-22 is equipped with some features that make it exceptionally maneuverable and deadly accurate. For example, its engines are designed to give it supercruise capability, meaning that it can sustain supersonic speeds without using afterburners.

Additionally, the F-22 is equipped with advanced sensors and avionics that allow it to detect and track targets at long range. This gives the F-22 a significant advantage over other fighter jets, as it can engage enemies before they are even aware of its presence.

Finally, the F-22 is armed with a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons that make it a highly versatile fighter jet.

What purpose does the F-22 serve?

The F-22 has unique capabilities that make it essential to the military. First, the F-22 is highly maneuverable and can perform multiple turns in a short time. This makes it difficult for enemy aircraft to target the F-22. Second, the F-22 can fly at supersonic speeds without using afterburners. This makes it difficult for enemy radar systems to detect the F-22. Third, the F-22 has an integrated avionics system that fuses information from multiple sensors and allows the pilot to see through the aircraft’s skin.

Finally, the F-22 is equipped with powerful air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles that can engage multiple targets at once.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat

US Navy F 14D Tomcat flies an aerial demonstration.
U.S. Navy US Navy F-14D ‘Tomcat’ flies an aerial demonstration.

The F-14 was designed to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft at long range. It entered service in 1974 with the U.S. Navy and retired from service in 2006. The F-14 was equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including powerful radar, long-range missiles, and a versatile jet fighter capable of carrying out multiple mission types. The F-14 was armed with a 20mm M61A1 Vulcan cannon and could carry up to six AIM-54 Phoenix missiles.

The F-14 had a maximum speed of Mach 2.34 (1,544 mph) and a range of over 2,000 miles. The F-14 was used extensively in combat during the Persian Gulf War and shot down 36 enemy aircraft.

Why was the F-14 designed?

The F-14 aircraft was designed as an air superiority fighter and later incorporated into casualty escort and ground-attack roles during its operational lifetime. F-14 entered service with the U.S. Navy in 1974 and was retired from active duty in 2006, having been replaced by the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

The F-14 was the first such redesign, incorporating NATO standard electronics into a sleek “teenage”-looking interceptor design that first flew in December 1970.

What purpose does the F-14 serve?

The F-14 aircraft is a twin-engine, supersonic fighter jet that was used by the United States military from 1974 until 2006. F-14s were designed to intercept Soviet bombers and were equipped with long-range missiles that could take down enemy aircraft from afar. The F-14 was also able to carry a heavy payload of bombs and could be used for air-to-ground attacks.

The F-14 Tomcat is a fourth generation, twin-engine, two-seat fighter aircraft that first entered service in 1972 with the U.S. Navy. Both are expensive projects by the American air force but the F-22 is more expensive than the F-14.

Similarities Between the F-22 & F-14

The F-22 Raptor and F-14 Tomcat are two of the most advanced fighter jets in the world. Both planes are highly maneuverable and can reach supersonic speeds. They are also equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and weapons systems.

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However, there are several key differences between the two aircraft. The F-22 is a fifth-generation jet fighter, while the F-14 is a fourth-generation aircraft. The F-22 is also significantly smaller than the F-14, with a wingspan of 44 feet compared to the F-14’s 64-foot wingspan. Perhaps the most significant difference between the two aircraft is their cost. The F-22 costs approximately $150 million per plane, while the F-14 costs around $38 million per plane.

F-22: What’s Better

The F-22 Raptor is a 5th generation fighter aircraft that was introduced in 2005. F-14 Tomcat is a 4th generation fighter aircraft that was introduced in 1971. F-22s are often considered to be better than F-14s for the following reasons: F-22s have more advanced avionics, F-22s have a higher service ceiling, F-22s have a higher top speed, and F-22s are stealthier.

However, F-14s do have some advantages over F-22s: F-14s have a longer range, F-14s can carry more weapons, and F-14s have better fuel efficiency.

F-14: What’s Better

The F-14 Tomcat is a better aircraft than the F-22 Raptor. The F-14 Tomcat has more range, can carry more weapons, and is cheaper to maintain. The F-22 Raptor is newer and stealthier but can not match the F-14 Tomcat in a dogfight. The F-14 Tomcat has a two-seat cockpit whereas the F-22 Raptor has a single-seat cockpit. The F-14 Tomcat also has an indoor fighter plane using an air superiority fighter that was developed by Northrop Grumman.

Conclusion: F22 vs F14

The F-22 Raptor is a newer, more advanced, and stealthier aircraft than the F-14 Tomcat. However, the F-14 Tomcat is cheaper to maintain and can carry more weapons. It is also important to note that the F-14 Tomcat has a two-seat cockpit, while the F-22 Raptor has a single-seat cockpit. Ultimately, the decision of which aircraft is better depends on the specific needs of the military or organization using them.

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With a passion for aviation, as well as surfing and scanning the web, Rocco is in his element analyzing aircraft data and the differences and similarities between aircraft.