|Quoting Keego (Reply 1):|
That depends on the aircraft type but basically none.
In the summer of 1983, an Israeli F-15 staged a mock dogfight with Skyhawks for training purposes, near Nahal Tzin in the Negev desert. During the exercise, one of the Skyhawks miscalculated and collided forcefully with the F-15's wing root. The F-15's pilot was aware that the wing had been seriously damaged, but decided to try and land in a nearby airbase. It was only after he had landed, when he climbed out of the cockpit and looked backward, that the pilot realized what had happened: the wing had been completely torn off the plane, and he had landed the plane with only one wing attached.
A few months later, the damaged F-15 had been given a new wing, and returned to operational duty in the squadron. The engineers at McDonnell Douglas had a hard time believing the story of the one-winged landing: as far as their planning models were concerned, this was an impossibility.
|Quoting 2H4 (Reply 2):|
determined that the aircraft had struck a tall tree during take-off. Some fragments of the wing structure were found within the body of the tree
|Quoting 2H4 (Reply 8):|
Here's the photo Litz is referring to. I recommend against clicking the link, unless you want to have to deal with about 8 pop-under ads from Airdisaster.
|Quoting Litz (Reply 9):|
I forget sometimes not everyone has Firefox with Adblock ... surely the best thing ever invented, right after spinning wood twigs on the front end of airfoils ...
|Quoting Litz (Reply 9):|
Is it considered "kosher" to directly link a picture like that?
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