Grumman XF10F "Jaguar" [Swing-Wing]
by NorthAmericanAviation
uploaded 2017-06-09
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Jaguar Swing-wing Prototype"

Description

The Grumman XF10F tested the concept of variable sweep wings, much like the Bell X-5, introduced a year before (1951). The purpose of the variable sweep in the XF10F was the same as it is with the F-14; reduce takeoff runs to make carrier operations easier. This aircraft would be Grumman’s first stone in the path to a successful variable-sweep system, being succeeded by the continuation of the X-5 program from Bell, and the F-111B program, jointly developed by Grumman and General Dynamics.

Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.3.0.

The Jaguar had an astonishingly horrid thrust to weight ratio of 0.19:1 (lb/ft:lbs). Test pilot Corwin Corky Meyer said it was entertaining to fly because there was so much wrong with it. This ‘wrong-ness’ was generally caused by poor maintenance and assembly. Issues included the wing-pivot mechanism’s grease having a tendency to ‘gel up,’ the Westinghouse XJ-40’s unreliability, and, for a specific example, a 5-inch-long screw holding an instrument bank which marred the circuitry of the plane as it flew. Said screw was supposed to be 0.4 inches long. Ironically, the swing-wing was the only component reported to work flawlessly. The U.S. Navy eventually lost interest in this aircraft when they had a thought that probably read out like this: Say, lets just make a bigger boat—and put a ramp on it! all things considered, I wonder if this, had it gone into service, could have beaten the Vought F7U Cutlass for ‘worst track record.’

Details

  • Type: SPH
  • Class: aircraft
  • Part Count: 101
  • Pure Stock

Cycling The Wings

Press 1, this disengages the wings from the rest of the craft. Toggle position with 2. this works from Straight–>Swept and vice versa.

Here you will find everything that trails black smoke, jettisons fuel, and runs on liquid oxygen and ammonia. Oh, 20th Century aviation development, where art thou?

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