3 weeks ago
Aircraft that are equipped with folding wings are really, really only intended to fly with their wings in the flat, UNfolded position.
At least, that’s the idea.
But as these photos show, such aircraft have taken flight with their wings folded up…and this has occurred multiple times.
In some cases, the pilot had simply neglected to unfold the wings prior to takeoff. An F-8 Crusader, for example, did so during a rushed takeoff with inoperative cockpit lighting.
The inoperative lighting prevented the pilot from seeing and reading the before takeoff checklist, and so he proceeded with the takeoff.
When the jet reached takeoff speed, it pitched up strongly. When the pilot applied just a bit of aileron, it quickly rolled into an inverted position.
So there he was at a very low altitude, upside-down, at night, flying along with the wings folded.
He continued to fight the aircraft for a few minutes, and was ultimately able to regain control before returning to the airfield, where he successfully made an arrested landing.
In at least one case involving the F-4 Phantom, the wing locking mechanism was apparently not properly set before launching off of a carrier, and the pilot had to divert to an airfield where he, also, was able to make an arrested landing.
The lesson here, other than the importance of adherence to checklists, is to always be flying something with enough thrust to overcome as much human error as possible. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #avgeek #aircraft #aviation #pilot #flight #flying #plane #planes #airplane #aircraftrecognition #cessnateur #fighterjet #f4phantom #f8crusader #flynavy #navy #usnavy #whoops #afterburner