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The F-14A Tomcat is a twin engine, two-seat, variable geometry carrier-based fighter aircraft. It has been featured in multiple Ace Combat games, and has since been superseded by the F-14D Super Tomcat in newer titles.

History

Strangereal

The F-14A was employed by the naval aviation wing of various armed forces in the Strangereal world, along with the F-14B Bombcat and the advanced F-14D Super Tomcat.

Tomcats were operated by the Scarface Squadron and enemy forces during the 1995 insurrection in the Skully Islands.[1]

During the Continental War, the F-14A was operated by Erusea and certain member-states of the ISAF's Navy. A particular operator of the aircraft was the Mobius Squadron, which employed such jets in carrier operations through the course of the war.[2]

F-14As were operated by the Yuktobanian Navy and the Osean Maritime Defense Force, and were commonly deployed during the attacks on Osea and the invasion of Yuktobania in the Circum-Pacific War. Various squadrons operating from aircraft carriers as the OFS Kestrel, including Marcus Snow's VFA-206 launched in defensive missions during the attack on Port St. Hewlett and the maritime retreat to the Eaglin Straits, where many of them were destroyed by the Scinfaxi's ballistic missile attack.[3]

Yuktobanian Tomcats were among the escorts of the cargo aircraft involved in the exodus from southern Yuktobania after the seizure of the Bastok Peninsula. Towards the end of the conflict, abandoned F-14As from the Kestrel's deceased flight crews were obtained by the Wardog Squadron, becoming their flagship aircraft as the Razgriz Squadron during their campaign against the Grey Men.[3]

Infinity timeline

In the Ace Combat Infinity universe, the F-14A Tomcat design was acquired by Wernher and Noah Enterprises following the Ulysses Disaster and was later mass-produced by the company's Advanced Automated Aviation Plant systems along with the advanced Super Tomcat. The model produced by the company was a hybridized model with Super Tomcat features, adopting the AN/AAS-42 IRST pod and the AAX-1 TV tracking system - never used by actual A models - while omitting the supersonic glove vanes of early-model aircraft.

Game analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

"A large, carrier-based fighter intended to take over from the F-4 as principle fleet air defense. It has variable wings that can automatically change angle even during flight, allowing for both high speed capabilities in high speed ranges and high maneuverability in low speed ranges. It is also equipped with long range missiles that can shoot down incoming enemies over a considerable distance. Known as the "Tomcat"."
Hangar
Lv. Cst Price GUN MSL HVAA SAAM 6AAM SP MO ST AA AG DF
1 475 21,630 483 90 4 D+ E+ E E+ F+ F+
2 511 3,180 531 94 6 C E+ E D F+ E
3 547 5,730 579 98 8 C+ D E D E E+
4 583 10,390 627 102 9 12 B D+ E+ D+ E D
5 619 18,450 675 108 10 14 B+ D+ E+ D+ E D
6 655 84,800[a] 724 114 12 16 B+ C D C E D+
7 691 72,510 772 118 13 17 40 B+ C D C+ E C
8 727 148,400 820 122 14 18 44 A C+ D C+ E+ C+
9 763 254,400 869 126 15 19 46 A B D C+ E+ B+
10 799 513,040 918 132 16 20 48 A+ B D+ C+ E+ A
11 846 761,170 966 136 17 21 50 A+ B+ D+ B E+ A
12 893 1,036,430 1015 140 18 22 52 S A C B+ E+ A+
13 940 1,656,150 1063 144 19 23 54 S A+ C B+ D S
14 987 2,238,720 1112 148 20 24 56 S S C+ A D S
15 1034 2,789,920 1161 152 22 26 60 S+ S+ C+ A+ D+ S+
16 1093 4,571,570 1205 154 23 27 62 S+ S+ B S D+ S+
17 1152 5,808,800 1250 156 24 28 64 S+ S+ B S+ D+ S+
18 1211 6,529,600 1294 158 25 29 66 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
19 1270 8,344,320 1339 160 26 30 68 S+ S+ B+ S+ C S+
20 1329 10,523,680 1384 162 32 32 72 S++ S+ B+ S+ C S+
Part Slots
At Lv.1, this aircraft carried 14 BODY, 14 ARMS, and 14 MISC part slots. See Tuning § Slot Expansion for further information.
Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels unlocked the respective nicknames for use at any time.
  • Lv.3: Cat's Eyes
  • Lv.10: Variable Wing Devotee
  • Lv.15: Wildcat's Master
  • Lv.20: Immortal

Skin Galleries

Description

Air superiority gray

Gallery

F-14A Normal Skin 01 - Icon.png

Description

Dark gray/Brown/Yellow-black camouflage

Availability

Gallery

F-14A "AC" Skin 01 Icon.png

Description

White, red, and purple livery from Air Combat

Availability

Gallery

F-14A "AC" Skin 02 Icon.png

Description

Black, blue, and purple variation of "AC" Skin #01

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"Large carrier-based air superiority fighter, known as the "Tomcat". Its variable sweep wing adjusts automatically to provide excellent mobility at both high and low speeds."
― Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete "Lit Fuse". Costs Ƶ14,800 per aircraft.

Statistics

Speed: 68
Mobility: 46
Stability: 56
Defense: 59
Air-to-Air: 72
Air-to-Ground: 26

Weapons

MSSL x68
SAAM x10

Colors

OS: Air superiority gray with OMDF markings.
RZ: Razgriz black.
YK: Desert camouflage.

Gallery

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

"Carrier-based air superiority fighter. This jet can attack multiple targets simultaneously."
― Hangar description

How to Unlock

Complete "Invincible Fleet". Costs $188,000.

Statistics

Speed: Medium
Air-to-Air: Above Average
Air-to-Ground: Above Average
Mobility: Average
Stability: Average
Defense: Average

Weapons

GUN x750
MSSL x64
XLAA x24
UGBM x10

Colors

Standard: Air superiority gray body.
Erusea: Multitone blue splinter camouflage. Livery used by adversary F-14s of the United States Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.
Special: Black body with white wing leading edge and low-vis emblem of Red Baron character from Sky Kid. Costs $244,000.

Named Pilots

Levy (Invincible Fleet)

Gallery

Ace Combat 2

The aircraft is displayed as F-14.

How to Unlock

Complete "Midnight Assassin" or "Bear Tracks". Costs $120,000.

Statistics

Power: 80
Defense: 60
Mobility: 50
Stability: 70
Climbing Ability: 80
Air-to-Air: 80
Air-to-Ground: 60
Duration of flight: 16 minutes
Absorbability: Normal

Weapons

Named Pilots

Z.O.E.

Gallery

Air Combat

The aircraft is displayed as F-14.

How to Unlock

EASY
Available at the start of the game
NORMAL
Available at the start of the game
HARD
Complete mission 2: Fighter Superiority

Price

$6,000,000 - original price
$5,400,000 - after first discount
$4,800,000 - after second discount
$3,600,000 - after third discount

Statistics

  • Defense: 3
  • Power: 4
  • Mobility: 2
  • Offense: 4
  • Stability: 4

Named Pilots

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Erusean F-14A color scheme is a replica color scheme of the F-14A from the US Navy NSAWC (Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center).
  • The Osean F-14A color scheme is a replica color scheme of the F-14A from the US Navy's VF-84 "Jolly Rogers".
  • The Yuktobanian F-14A color scheme is a replica color scheme of the Iranian Air Force's F-14A.
  • The F-14A Tomcat in Infinity is a possible reference to the real-life upgrade on a number of actual A models into the F-14D Super Tomcat configuration, hence the appearance of the aircraft. However, said upgrade completely turns the A models into D models, with the newer AN/APG-71 and the GE F110 engines. The F-14A in Infinity on the other hand looked like a D model configuration with the TF30 engine instead of the F110.
  • The F-14A Tomcat's deployment in the Usean coup d'état is non-canon as the aircraft does not appear in Ace Combat 2's remake, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy, where it is replaced by the F-14D Super Tomcat.

Footnotes

  1. Players could use one Nonstandard Upgrade Request Form instead of credits for the Lv.6 upgrade.

References

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