Accession Number : ADA320211

Title :   Volume 1. Performance Flight Test Phase. Chapter 9. Energy.

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE TEST PILOT SCHOOL EDWARDS AFB CA

PDF Url : ADA320211

Report Date : AUG 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 99

Abstract : To evaluate modern aircraft and aircraft systems requires an understanding of how aerodynamic performance can be optimized. Performance specifications today go well beyond point design specifications and depend heavily on optimization to fit specific tactical requirements whether the vehicle is designed as an interceptor, an air superiority fighter, a strategic airlifter, a strategic bomber, or for any other operational role. The goal is to demand a performance efficiency covering the entire flight envelope that will meet the operational need with the best overall combination of armament, engine, and airframe. The F-14 and F-15 were the first generation of fighter aircraft to be designed and evaluated within this approach. Newer fighter designs like the F-16, the F-18, the Tornado, and the Mirage 2000 have been conceived with full cognizance of the need for optimized performance.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TESTING, *PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), *ENERGY, *APPROXIMATION(MATHEMATICS), *AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS, STEADY STATE, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, MANEUVERABILITY, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, OPTIMIZATION, SPECIFICATIONS, EFFICIENCY, COURSES(EDUCATION), CHARTS, THRUST, DESCENT, CLIMBING.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Numerical Mathematics
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE