Accession Number : ADA291135

Title :   Enhancement of F/A-18 Operational Flight Measurements. Phase 1.

Descriptive Note : Data rept.,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION CANBERRA (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Woodyatt, B. A. ; Bennett, J. ; Hill, S. D.

PDF Url : ADA291135

Report Date : AUG 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 74

Abstract : This report describes the procedures used in the processing of approximately 300 hours of flight maintenance data from the F/A-18's Maintenance Status Display and Recording System (MSDRS). A Flight Path Reconstruction (FPR) program and a modified F/A-18 mathematical model from the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) were used to enhance these flight data in resolution and frequency. DSTO's Airframes and Engines Division (AED) will use these enhanced flight data to obtain a representative flight load spectrum. The load spectrum will be used in a full scale fatigue test of the empennage and aft fuselage of an F/A-18, the Australian contribution to the International Follow-On Structural Test Programme (IFOSTP). IFOSTP is a joint collaboration between the Canadian Forces (CF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to appraise structural modifications to the F/A-18 designed to achieve a service life of 6000 hours.

Descriptors :   *ATTACK AIRCRAFT, *JET FIGHTERS, MAINTENANCE, AIR FORCE, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), MODIFICATION, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, TAIL ASSEMBLIES, CANADA, SPECTRA, FUSELAGES, AIRFRAMES, RECORDING SYSTEMS, AUSTRALIA, FLIGHT PATHS, FLIGHT LOADS, FATIGUE TESTS(MECHANICS).

Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE