Accession Number : ADA192457

Title :   Project Soar Eagle: Wave Flying the Grob 103 Sailplane.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Payne, James M

PDF Url : ADA192457

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : Project Soar Eagle is the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School effort to break the world absolute altitude record for gliders. TPS initiated the project in 1981 and flew a modified Blanik L-13 from late 1983 until 1985. In 1986 the project team replaced the Blanik with a modified Grob G-103, a sailplane better suited to the mission. A Project Soar Eagle pilot has soared the Grob to 42,200 feet in the mountain wave generated by the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. This report documents and analyzes the Grob G-103 sailplane, the avionics, the life support systems (full pressure suit), and the flight operations used by Project Soar Eagle. The purpose of the report was to provide a blueprint from which the project could be duplicated, to provide a project history, and to aid the safe, successful conclusion of the project.

Descriptors :   *GLIDERS, HIGH ALTITUDE, AVIONICS, LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, AVIATION SAFETY, AIR FORCE RESEARCH

Subject Categories : Gliders and Parachutes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE