Accession Number : ADA018733

Title :   Application of Designs to Improve Aircraft Flight Control Survivability,

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

Personal Author(s) : Taylor,Frederick R. ; Schonowski,John

Report Date : 05 SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : This paper is presented in two parts. It summarizes the operational flight control survivability experience during the past decade and describes designs that have been implemented or developed to reduce the vulnerability of tactical aircraft flight control systems. Presented are the results of analyses and evaluations of combat experience data wherein flight controls contributed disproportionately to approximately twenty-five (25) percent of aircraft losses, while comprising only five (5) percent of total aircraft presented area. The culprit components, concepts and mechanizations have been identified and suggested designs are presented to minimize aircraft flight control system vulnerability. Finally, the impacts that these designs can or have had on new weapon system developments are shown. Also indicated, is the extent, if any, survivability enhancement is incorporated into newly acquired or developmental aircraft such as the A-10, F-14, F-15, F-16, F-18, and AAH. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Flight control systems, Survival(General), Vulnerability, Losses, Ammunition damage, Southeast Asia, Hydraulic actuators, Damage assessment, Gunfire, Hit probabilities, Tactical aircraft, Hydraulic equipment, Electrical equipment

Subject Categories : Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE