The A-12 was a stealth attack aircraft for the USN and was to replace the F-14 and A-6, as well as possibly the F/FB-111 for the USAF. It was to be built at the GD plant in Fort Worth, which is now the LM plant.
Interestingly the B-36 Peacemaker Museum does not have a B-36. They do have two B-36 (round tip) propellers and two main gear wheels, as well as some of the B-36 guns.
The mock-up of the A-12A has been pretty much sitting in fields on the LM plant property and at Carswell AFB (currently NAS Fort Worth JRB) since the program was terminated back in 1991 due to huge costs overruns.
Max Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6307 posts, RR: 21
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Don't see how it would have replaced the F14, then again, nothing will ever come close to the mighty Tomcat.
However, as an attack Aircraft if they had worked out the technological issues (perhaps not possible in that era) it would have been an amazing platform.
Unfortunately, it became a massive money hole and crippled Naval Aviation for many, many years. As a result the Navy has no medium / long range strike bomber anymore and this was and is the main reason for a Carrier Airwing.
The F18 is a good fighter but it can't fly anywhere close to the range or carry the payload of an A6 or the planned A12 without numerous refuellings.
A great shame.
The best contribution to safety is a competent Pilot.
The only weapons system on the F-14 that could defeat an F-15, assuming the F-15 pilot wasn't paying attention, was the AIM-54 Phoenix missile. But the Phoenix wasn't all that reliable.
The original F-14A AN/AWG-9 radar could detect bomber sized targets out to 100 nm, but it could not detect fighter sized targets until they were inside of 50 nm, depending on the size of the fighter and it's RCS. The AN/AWG-9 could track up to 100 targets, but could only target 6 of the most serious treats.
The original F-15A/B, and early production F-15C/Ds had the AN/APG-63 radar which could detect fighter sized aircraft out to 75 nm and could target up to 8 of the most serious threats.
Both radar systems had 'look down shoot down' capability, but the F-15's radar could also, simultaneously track high altitude targets. The F-14 WSO had to switch modes in order to be able to track high targets.
The AN/APG-63 radar could also be manually or automatically set to display its information on the pilot's HUD. The AN/AWG-9 only displayed on the cockpit radar screens for both the pilot and WSO, and could not be tied to the HUD.
Both radar systems were upgraded in the late 1970s and through the 1980s.