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How possible is a successful landing just with 1 wing?

This would be possible with other fighter jets that are of similar design to the F-15, i.e. have a low aspect ratio, much of their lift produced close to the centerline, and a lot of control authority....
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How was flutter mitigated in jets such as the F-15 and F-16?

Short answer: By not flying faster than the 104 did and adhering to the lessons learned. Flutter first started to cause crashes in WW I when improved engine power and aerodynamics made a substantial ...
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Why is an F22 slower than an F15?

Aerodynamic heating will damage or destroy the composite wing of the F-22, especially around the leading edge where compression heating is highest. See here for the temperatures which supersonic ...
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How was flutter mitigated in jets such as the F-15 and F-16?

The XF-104 is a prototype aircraft, which lead to the F-104 starfighter. Usually, during the development of an aircraft, flutter testing is carried out and corrective actions are taken. The Wikipedia ...
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Why does the F-15 have a swept-back trailing edge at its wing tips?

The F-15 wingtip is a "raked" tip configuration, which increases lift and decreases drag.1 []2 This is the design decided by the USAF after discovery of several design deficiencies during initial ...
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Why was the F-14 retired 15 years ago while the contemporary F-15 is still operational?

There aren't enough F-22s to go around. Too expensive. The F-18C/D Hornet that replaced the F-14 has itself been mostly replaced by the F-18E/F Super Hornet. The look the same, but the E/F is actually ...
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How possible is a successful landing just with 1 wing?

It is definitely possible to lose an entire wing and still control the plane if the plane is capable of knife-edge flight. Check out these videos of it being done-- ending in amazingly successful ...
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Why was the F-14 retired 15 years ago while the contemporary F-15 is still operational?

The chief reason was to save money. At the turn of the 21st Century, the Navy saw shifting to the new F/A-18E/F Super Hornet for all seaborne tactical strike operation (and eventually electronic ...
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What is this pilot doing before boarding his F-15?

That's the door for the video tape recorder. Referenced here, on an F-15 forum: https://www.ar15.com/forums/general/F-15-scramble-training-in-Iceland/5-2469550/ That location changed between F-15 ...
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How is an x-ray image taken of a combat airplane?

This is done by the NDI shop. Non Destructive Inspection. NDI is responsible for ensuring the integrity of aircraft structures by utilizing multiple inspection methods such as eddy current, magnetic ...
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Why doesn't F-15 have a protruded cone at its rear like what the Su-35 has?

As @RalphJ notes, it is not required. It is a design choice based on various considerations. The 'cone' in the Su-35 houses the RWR and the drogue chute. In case of F-15, however, the drogue chute is ...
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What specific features of the Sukhoi 27 make it a rival to the F-15?

Principally the SU-27 with its Phasotron N001 pulse Doppler radar provided the Soviet Air Force with a look-down/shoot-down capability designed as a counter to the American B-1 bomber. But it also ...
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What is this sound for when starting the engine of an F-15?

Aha! finally found the answer. Based on this and this F-15 uses an APU named Jet Fuel Starter (JFS) which is fitted centrally between the two engines. See 15 on the figure below Another figure of the ...
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Why does the F-15 have a swept-back trailing edge at its wing tips?

The actual answer is straightforward. The F-15 wing was originally just a swept wing with a given taper ratio which resulted in a slightly swept trailing edge. The inboard portion was straightened ...
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Why is an F22 slower than an F15?

The F-15 was specified to have a maximum speed of Mach 2.5. However, I believe this was reached only once during Developmental Test and Evaluation and they had to change the engines afterwards. On ...
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How is an x-ray image taken of a combat airplane?

I know it's not what you directly asked, but a lot of medical imaging technologies scale up surprisingly well and find application in industrial settings. The synergy is quite a natural one - a ...
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Why was the F-14 retired 15 years ago while the contemporary F-15 is still operational?

There are two main parts to answer this question: First part is a list of reasons as in the other answer: F-14 was too optimized for one reason, BARCAP (Barrier Combat Air Patrol: when an interceptor ...
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Where can I find details on the control surfaces of the F-15C?

Aileron: +/- 20 degs Horz. tail: 26 deg up, 15 deg down Rudder: +/- 30 degs See: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/pdf/87906main_H-1073.pdf
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