F/A-18 InterceptorCraig Rae , who obviously has an engineering background (he breaks things for a living!) had these memories:
Did you know you could fly backwards?
Yup, backwards. If I remember right, you could get something like 26% reverse thrust, and if you did a dive and slowed it by popping the brakes, flaps and gear, then gave it full reverse thrust, you would slow to a halt, then start to fly backwards in a slow climb.
You could also land on the carrier at *any* speed - I managed to touch down at over 600kts. Oh, and if I remember right, you could also belly land on the water without blowing up. "