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This Retro F-14 Tomcat Spin-Test Video Will Make Your Stomach Churn

Jared Keller, Task and Purpose Security, North America The tests aimed to study the fighter’s alarming penchant for falling into a deadly spin. Between 1979 and 1985, a very special Navy F-14 Tomcat was one of NASA’s favorite guinea pigs. Designated NASA 991, the Northrop Grumman fighter jet conducted 221 flights out of the space agency’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in the service of flight research — and to study the fighter’s alarming penchant for falling into a deadly spin, a tragedy immortalized by the death of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw in Top Gun.
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