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F/A-18 Super Hornet vs F-14 Tomcat: Comparing Top Gun aircraft

A comparison between the F-14 and F/A-18 aircraft, both famous for starring in the ‘Top Gun’ films

The F-14 Tomcat played a starring role in the original Top Gun film in the 1980s, but the newest Tom Cruise film features its successor – the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

How do the two aircraft compare?

The F-14 is much faster and more powerful than the F/A-18, with a top speed of 2.34 Mach, while the Super Hornet reaches Mach 1.8.

The F/A-18, however, is more agile than the F-14 as it only needs one pilot instead of two.

The Tomcat was the US Navy's carrier-based reconnaissance aircraft in the 1970s and the US retired it from service in 2006, but it is still in use in the Iranian air force.

On retiring the Tomcat, the US Navy introduced the Super Hornet, a more modern, dual-role, multi-engine fighter.

The Royal Australian Air Force also uses the F/A-18.

Watch: Tom Cruise and the cast of 'Top Gun: Maverick' hit the red carpet alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.