F-14 Tomcat production


By Dario Leone
Jun 27 2017
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Hangar 6 was once used by Grumman to build F-14 Tomcat fighters and other jets for the U.S. Navy

As reported by Fox 5, Hangar 6 at Long Island, New York is once again buzzing with activity as aircraft firm Luminati is now producing parts and components for its solar-powered sailplanes there.

The facility was once used by Grumman to build F-14 Tomcat fighters and other jets for the U.S. Navy.

Noteworthy Luminati developes ultralight composite material and builds solar-powered aircraft. There has been a lot of speculation about who the company is partnering with. The Town of Riverhead revealed it had been Facebook, but the companies are no longer working together.

Although Luminati CEO Daniel Preston said he isn’t going to bring back the 20,000 jobs that there once were at Long Island, he said that the company plans to employ at least 2,000 people as part of his five-year plan.

Luminati received a contract from the Town of Riverhead to buy the remaining 2,300 acres at Enterprise Park. The company hopes to close as soon as possible.

The legendary Grumman F-14 is perhaps the most widely recognized Navy fighter thanks to its starring role in Top Gun. The Tomcat served as an advanced interceptor and air superiority fighter, capable of attacking six enemy aircraft simultaneously at a range of over 100 miles with the lethal AIM-54 Phoenix missile.

It was a failed attempt at standardization that resulted in the design of what is possibly the most famous fighter of the modern era.

When a Navy version of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-111 failed to meet exacting requirements for a carrier-based fighter, the Navy initiated a design competition for a new air superiority aircraft.

The result was a design marvel featuring a unique variable sweep wing, the F-14 Tomcat.

This print is available in multiple sizes from AircraftProfilePrints.com – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS. F-14A Tomcat VF-1 Wolfpack, NE103 / 162603 / Operation Desert Storm, 1991

Photo credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, via Wikimedia Commons

Additional source: National Naval Aviation Museum

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.
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