Witnessing a Supersonic Fly By From a F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet

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The is awesome because it represents one of the only ways to view an F-14 Tomcat in action. The game changing fighter jet retired from duty on September 22, 2006. What this demonstrates, is the outstanding physical capabilities of this amazing jet. The F-14 came in three versions, and what you are seeing is the F-14 Super Tomcat.

Witnessing a Supersonic Fly By From a F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jet

Technology and Change

You might be wondering why we replaced such an awesome jet. The primary reason is the speed at which technology changes. Technology is one of America’s greatest strengths, but it also moves just as fast for most of our potential enemies. That fact requires that fighter jets and other military equipment be constantly upgraded . Innovation is how we remain the most powerful nation in the world.

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The Bombs:

The demonstration opens with the F-14 entering into a bombing sequence. The high-speed, tight turn allows the jet to deliver air support to a small area. In the demonstration, you see it drop 12 lit flares. In war, those would be laser guided Rockeye and CBU Cluster bombs. The Rockeye Cluster bombs:

  • Weigh nearly 500 pounds
  • Are designed to take out armored vehicles, such tanks.
  • The bomb carries multiple bomblets that can be activated and dispensed from the original package. This is why they call them cluster bombs.
  • Each bomblet weighs just under 1.5 pounds.
  • When detonated, the bomblet produces 250,000 psi making it possible for the bomb to penetrate upwards of 7.5 inches of tank armor.
  •  Each Rockeye Cluster bomb holds 247 MK 118 Mod 1 bomblets.

Make no mistake about the power of a bomblet as they are designed to penetrate a tank and kill its occupants.

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