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Old 07-03-2018, 07:09 AM   #1
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Default Flying f-18 With Wings Folded

I did a perfect landing onto the carrier, taxied (slipped - deck was rolling) along the deck, managed to successfully launch and fly away. I kept wondering why there was a warning tone. Then I realised I'd forgotten to unfold my wings before launching to take off! Should the F-18 be able to fly with wings folded? Because I did.

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Old 07-03-2018, 07:21 AM   #2
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The F/A-18 can in fact fly with the wings folded. I think it loses about 30% of the wing lift with the wings folded. The F-4 Phantom that I worked on in the U.S.M.C. was the same. I saw them take off with the wings folded. The engines are so powerful that they are basically reusable rockets. That's why you get the warning tone:-D


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Old 07-04-2018, 09:51 PM   #3
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I would have bet this was a bug but you never learn out.


When the F-4's took off with wings folded, was that a Pilot's mistake or was it planned ? That I am curious to know
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I did a perfect landing onto the carrier, taxied (slipped - deck was rolling) along the deck, managed to successfully launch and fly away. I kept wondering why there was a warning tone. Then I realised I'd forgotten to unfold my wings before launching to take off! Should the F-18 be able to fly with wings folded? Because I did.
Don't see why not. The wing loading is a good chunk higher with the wings folded, so your minimum speed will be higher too, and turning performance not as good.

So, no reason why it shouldn't.

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