Accession Number : AD0923944

Title :   Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Optimum Fighter Aircraft Maneuvers.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 67-Nov 72,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE FLIGHT DYNAMICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Nash,Richard C.

Report Date : JUL 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : This report presents the results of a four-phase research program consisting of (1) application of the energy-maneuverability and variational steepest-descent optimization techniques to a series of maneuvers typical of a multipurpose tactical fighter aircraft, (2) flight testing of the analytically predicted optimal flight paths to obtain measured flight data, (3) correlation of these data with analytical results and (4) comparison of analytical optimum paths with nonoptimum flight paths. The results of this study indicate that for most of the maneuvers analyzed, the pilot was able to fly the optimum flight profiles with reasonable accuracy. Also, definite gains in performance can be realized through the application of optimization techniques. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FLIGHT MANEUVERS, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT), PROFILES, FLIGHT PATHS, MANEUVERABILITY, JET FIGHTERS, ENERGY MANAGEMENT, OPTIMIZATION, PILOTS, ACCURACY, THRUST, CLIMBING, DESCENT, MACH NUMBER, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), AERODYNAMIC LOADING, AERODYNAMIC DRAG, ROLL, PITCH(MOTION), YAW, ANGLE OF ATTACK, STEEPEST DESCENT METHOD

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE