Grumman F-14A Tomcat: No Problemo.

This incredible photo depicts what the Grumman company did in response to US. Navy concerns regarding a possible asymmetrical wing swept situation on the F-14. Flying the 3rd pre-production example, the company’s Chief Test Pilot Chuck Sewell conducted several flight trials from Dec. 1985 to Feb. 1986 with the right wing locked at 20º  and the left at various swept angles (35º, 50º, 60º and 68º). Tests showed 60º was the maximum swept age suitable for landings. Sewell found the aircraft in this extreme configuration to be capable enough to achieve safe carrier landings… well, at least he could do it.


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