Accession Number : ADA300967

Title :   Taking an X-Airplane to the Paris Air Show.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV PATUXENT RIVER MD

Personal Author(s) : Know, Fred D. ; Santangelo, Thomas C.

PDF Url : ADA300967

Report Date : 27 SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : The X-3l Enhanced Fighter Maneuverability (EFM) Program had four goals when the program was initiated in the late 1980's: (1) Rapid demonstration of high agility maneuvering concepts. (2) Investigation of tactical benefits of EFM technologies. (3) Development of design requirements and to provide a database for future airplane applications. (4) Validation of an international low cost prototyping program. Two X-3l demonstrator airplanes began flight test at Rockwell's Palmdale Test Center in 1990. The airplanes employed multi-axis thrust vectoring as the enabling technology for Enhanced Fighter maneuverability. After completing initial post-stall envelope clearance flights at palmdale, the two airplanes and the X-31 program were moved to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in early 1992 to complete envelope expansion and to conduct close-in-air combat testing.

Descriptors :   *RESEARCH AIRCRAFT, DATA BASES, REQUIREMENTS, FLIGHT TESTING, MANEUVERABILITY, VALIDATION, LOW COSTS, DEMONSTRATIONS, RESEARCH FACILITIES, FLIGHT, AXES, JET FIGHTERS, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, INTERNATIONAL, EXPANSION, BENEFITS, THRUST VECTOR CONTROL SYSTEMS, TEST FACILITIES, ENVELOPE(SPACE).

Subject Categories : Research and Experimental Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE