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Wing Glove Sealing Plates

Since the F-14 is a variable sweep wing aircraft, the section where the wing is swept into the fuselage is an aerodynamically critical area. To improve the aerodynamic characteristics of this structural detail, wing glove sealing plates have been developed for both wings. These sealing plates help smooth the airflow and reduce the drag. In addition, two "bags" are placed below the wings where the wings sweep over the fuselage thereby filling the gap between wing/fuselage and sealing plate/fuselage respectively.

The very earliest F-14s had a rectangle wing glove sealing plate construction (see photo, below left). Later on this was changed to a more rounded off design. Note also that the wing glove fences (or external stiffeners) on top of the fuselage were reduced in size. These wing fences give the sealing plates more structural stiffness and represent the "inadequacies of the designer", in other words they are an aftertought to correct an unforeseen aerodynamic characteristic in the performance of the aircraft.

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