One-Winged F-15 Crash Landing Video

Submitted by: Crabes 3 years ago in Entertainment

Land the aircraft without knowing about the missing wing.
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Male 2,711
@CrakrJak
That is true, but carmium`s post was describing the F-15s lifting body (as in: all airfoil shapes are lifting bodies, not all lifting bodies are airfoil shapes) and she never even mentioned thrust, so your statement ("carmium: It takes more than just thrust, blah blah...") seems kinda misguided. If I were to venture a guess, I`d say your post was supposed to be addressed to cman7721 regarding his posting of "This is called thrust, ladies and gentleman, and is why missiles work and don`t fall from the sky." That would make much more sense.
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Male 17,512
carmium: An airfoil shape and a lifting body shape can be quite different. Even a football (American) could be considered a lifting body.
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Male 18
Yeah..but how is it on takeoffs?
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Female 6,381
CrakrJak: So... that would be like an airfoil shape thru the rear fuselage and engine nacelles?
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Male 5,874
Truly Amazing. And he landed it too! I was a bit worried when the face-camera started spinning at 1:15 though.
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Male 17,512
carmium: It takes more than just thrust, turns out the body of the F-15 acts like somewhat like a lifting body. But it takes more than it`s shape for controllable flight. The Space shuttle was a lifting body as well.

They worked for decades trying to figure out how to make the "Hopeless Diamond" fly. Eventually they developed the right type of stabilizers and computerized flight controls to make it work. Today we know it as the F-117 or the "Stealth Fighter" (Even though it`s really just a small bomber).
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Male 2,097
Come on down, low miles, only one wing but still flies. Trade in that junker today!!!
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Female 6,381
I dunno. The F-15 is somewhat airfoil-shaped thru the rear fuselage and engine nacelles; plus there`s a all-flying stabilator almost directly behind the wing. Perhaps the combination was enough to give it adequate lift to keep flying.
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Male 14,827
I`m not sure I believe it. This is the History Channel we`re talking about.

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Male 701
that thing`s totaled. Why bother saving it? just punch out.
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Male 617
This is called thrust, ladies and gentleman, and is why missiles work and don`t fall from the sky. Still, it`s incredible that the pilot was able to control that thrust and keep the plane stable and changing directions.
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Male 333
CrakRJak bloody hell....That just tore up the book on the principals of flight! I also love this too:
Top Gear: Bugetti Veyron Vs. Eurofighter
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Male 17,512
I`ve had the privilege to meet a few of the brilliant engineers that designed the F-15, working at what was McDonnell Douglas at the time.

This planes thrust-to-weight ratio is greater than 1 to 1. That means it can take off from the ground go straight up and not stall out until it reaches maximum altitude.

What a vertical take off looks like, Here
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Male 4,431
Holy effing eff!
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Male 2,675
*jawdrop*
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Male 333
Bacon - I instead had "mayday, mayday! Maverick`s in a flat spin, he`s heading out to sea!"..glad he`s o.k though
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Male 3,061
Who else had Danger Zone playing in their head during the video?
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Male 579
must be said.. a wing and a prayer
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Male 884
@Gerry
God really is his co-pilot.
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Male 3,909
I believe this is from a show called "Great Planes", I remember seeing this on the F-15 episode. They said after the incident they brought the engineers who designed the plane in to help on the investigation and they were shocked. They thought they were messing with them and it was actually an accident that happened while taxiing on the ground. The investigation concluded that since the airframe is so wide, combined with him speeding up, is what made it possible for him to fly with only one wing.
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Male 38,458

It`s easy when you`re one of God`s chosen people.
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Male 1,284
Link: One-Winged F-15 Crash Landing Video [Rate Link] - Land the aircraft without knowing about the missing wing.
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