Accession Number : AD0663230

Title :   B-52D MOBILE FLIGHT SIMULATOR FLASHBLINDNESS EXPERIMENT.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for Jul 66-Mar 67,

Corporate Author : SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TEX

Personal Author(s) : Hamilton,James E.

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : Thirty-five B-52 pilots were used in a study to obtain quantitative performance data on the effect of flashblindness on aircraft control and to measure visual recovery time from flashblindness during a series of flights in the B-52D mobile aircraft simulator. A Honeywell Strobonar model 65-C flashlamp was mounted in front of the pilot in order to produce flashblindness under simulated nighttime cockpit conditions. Data on aircraft attitude or recovery time were analyzed at four 6-second intervals and at recovery time after the flash. The effect of flashblindness on aircraft control was measured by the comparison of control (nonflashed) and experimental (flashed) flights. The variables analyzed were bank error (deviation from 30 degrees), indicated airspeed error (deviation from 270 knots), pitch error (deviation from 0 degrees), altitude error (deviation from 6 km. (20,000 ft.)), and recovery time (seconds). (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FLASHBLINDNESS, PILOTS), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), FLIGHT SIMULATORS, RECOVERY, ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEMS, AFTERIMAGES, AVIATION MEDICINE

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE