|Quoting Spudh (Reply 3):|
I believe that low and slow was not the F15s forte (I think it was inferior to the other teen fighters in this corner of ACE chart) but tactics were more than enough to counter this.
|Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 4):|
Not too sure about this. The F-15 has enough power to allow it to fly slow and still be able to manuever admirably. I'm more inclined to believe the airplane didn't get slats for the simple reason it just didn't need them.
|Quoting Max Q (Reply 6):|
With the huge increase in power of the GE engines and the massive lift of the swing wing it's not surprising
|Quoting 747classic (Reply 7):|
I still think the F14D was retired to early, but that's another topic
|Quoting Spudh (Reply 8):|
You almost have to apologise these days if you want to talk about the F14.
|Quoting 747classic (Reply 9):|
The thing that caused all the problems on both airframes, was the PW TF30 engine, in aviation literature described as one of the most ill designed engines
|Quoting Max Q (Reply 15):|
Yes I think that top speed is irrelevant....until you need it !
|Quoting Spudh (Reply 16):|
BTW I just found some more info, the F14 could break Mach 2 with 4 phoenix, 2 sparrow, 2 sidewinder. Now thats speed!
|Quoting 747classic (Reply 11):|
I think nothing is learned, the story repeats itself with the PW F135 on the JSF. IMO, it will be wise to raise some funds to have the alternative engine, the GE/RR F136 on standby
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|Quoting Spudh (Reply 22):|
I bet the fleet guys gave those planes some wringing, flew them to within an inch of their lives, in the last weeks before they decommisioned. I know I would rules or no rules
|Quoting 747classic (Reply 13):|
Even in the magnificent movie "TOP GUN" (sponsored by the USN) both TF-30 engines of the Tomcat (F14A) stalled several times and the aircraft came down in a flat spin.
|Quoting 747classic (Reply 24):|
I found this movie shot of an actual F14 flat spin, during testing in 1979.