Land based takeoff - full flaps and slats or some intermediate setting? Going to do some tests on takeoff ground roll and single engine climb performance with different settings, but wondered what the official configuration is?
Personal take is still the Harrier is far worse to initially connect, but once you do it doesn’t take long to fill up to capacity (unless you’re chronically ignoring your bingo warnings). F-14 is easier to initially connect, but you have to hold a steady hand for longer.
In my case I can easily connect and stay in position in Harrier. In Tomcat I have trouble in both cases. I might need more practice probably. Just don’t try refueling with wing sweep set to AUTO. It will throw you off big time if you within “sweepable” airspeed range during the operation. Constant speed changes (even small ones) will invoke wing sweep alterations which will influence drag and lift of your jet making it even harder to tame.