2021-03-22 16:44:38 UTC
Here's an unusual trivia.
During the development and testing of the F-14; The US Navy raised
concerns regarding the dangers of asymmetrical wing sweep. A series of
flight tests were conducted by Grumman's Chief Test Pilot, Chuck Sewell,
who took F-14 #3 up for several trials with the right wing locked in the
forward position of 20 degrees, and positioned the left wing at 35, 50,
60 and 68 degrees of sweep in flight.
It was determined that the F-14 could maintain controlled flight, and
even be acceptable for carrier landings in a configuration up to as much
as 60 degrees.
That is one bad ass Tomcat!