Accession Number : ADA019954

Title :   Navy Evaluation of F-11A In-Flight Thrust Control System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 5 Nov 73-1 Jul 75,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR TEST CENTER PATUXENT RIVER MD

Personal Author(s) : Simpson,W. R. ; Covey,M. W. ; Palmer,D. F. ; Hewett,M. D.

Report Date : 15 DEC 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 108

Abstract : A Navy evaluation to determine the potential advantages and disadvantages of in-flight thrust control (IFTC) on a tactical airplane was conducted using a modified F-11A airplane as a testbed. The conceptual development program also utilized a second unmodified F-11A for baseline data and pilot familiarization training. Flying qualities, performance, engine effects, durability, and utility of IFTC to mission tasks such as air combat maneuvering (ACM), air-to-ground weapons delivery, approach and waveoff, landing roll-out and infrared signature suppression were evaluated during the 6-month program. The prototype IFTC in the configuration evaluated increased the tactical capabilities of the F-11A airplane despite the limited capability of the testbed, indicating potential increases in tactical capabilities of future fighter/attack airplanes which incorporate thrust control capability.

Descriptors :   *Jet fighters, *Thrust control, Flight control systems, Flight testing, Test beds, Mission profiles, Flight maneuvers

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE