Aerospace Manufacturing and Design welcomes all aircraft enthusiasts to join the fun and NAME THAT PLANE! Each issue, a new aircraft will be featured. Given a photo and a clue box, readers are encouraged to guess what plane is being described and submit their answers to

Rapid-fire facts

  • First flight: Feb. 17, 1956
  • Operated from 1958 to 2004
  • Total number built: 2,578 (all variants)
  • Set a world altitude record Dec. 14, 1959


  • Wingspan: 21ft 9” (6.36m)
  • Length: 54ft 10” (16.71m)
  • Height: 13ft 6” (4.09m)
  • Max. speed: 1,320mph (2,124km/h)
  • Engine: General Electric J79-GE-7A
Aug/Sept 2016 answer:

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

aug/sept 2016 winner:

Tim Conner, Quality Manager, United Aeronautical Corp., N. Hollywood, California

How long have you been in the aerospace business?

Thirty-three years. I started in the U.S. Navy in 1983 as an aircraft maintainer and moved to the private sector in 1997.

How did you become interested in aircraft?

I’m a history buff and have always been interested in airplanes, especially the Wright Brothers and their mechanic, Charles Taylor.

What is your favorite aircraft (and why)?

The F-14, because I worked on them. It was the best fighter-interceptor that we’ve had.


Bruce D. Cormier

Test Facility – Central Engineer, Standard Aero (Alliance) Inc., Maryville, Tennessee

Tim Gufreda

Design Specialist, Fuel & Motion Control Systems, Eaton Industrial Corp., Cleveland, Ohio

Submission procedure:

To enter the contest, visit and fill out the provided entry form. Only completed forms will qualify.

The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is February 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in the March 2017 issue.

Have fun, and good luck!

For a full set of rules, please visit

Look what Tim won!

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