Accession Number : AD0855032

Title :   USAF Evaluation of the Harrier GR Mk 1.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA

Personal Author(s) : Mason, Kenneth J. ; Rosburg, Charles R.

Report Date : JUN 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : A qualitative flight test evaluation was conducted on the Harrier GR Mk 1 VSTOL aircraft, S/N XV-743, at Dunsfold, England, from 16 January 1969 to 27 January 1969. The aircraft was an early production model aircraft and had not been fitted with the following standard equipment: navigation/attack system, head-up display, engine pressure and temperature limiters, Martin-Baker Mk 9 ejection seat and production wheel brakes. Each of the two evaluation pilots received a normal checkout program and an evaluation flight for a combined total of twenty-one flights and 8.5 flying hours. The aircraft was very easy to fly during vertical and partially jetborne flight, and appeared very capable of being an effective ground attack fighter. The Harrier incorporated many unique features designed to permit operations from unprepared sites with a minimum of support equipment. (Author)

Descriptors :   *SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, *VERTICAL TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT, FLIGHT TESTING, FLIGHT TESTING, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), MISSION PROFILES, JET FIGHTERS, ATTACK BOMBERS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, CONTROL JETS, COCKPITS, VISIBILITY, CONTROL PANELS, FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS, AIRCRAFT LANDINGS, TAKEOFF, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, EXHAUST NOZZLES, AUXILIARY POWER PLANTS, EXTERNAL STORES, STABILITY, MANEUVERABILITY, AVIATION SAFETY, WARNING SYSTEMS, ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEMS, UNITED KINGDOM.

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      V/STOL

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE