Accession Number : ADD013167

Title :   Automatic Formation Turns.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 17 Oct 85, patented 23 Jun 87,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Rodriguez,Edward

Report Date : 23 Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : A method for coordinated turning of a formation of aircraft flying at air speed V, the formation characterized by respective rearward displacement D(s) and lateral displacement D(r) of each follower aircraft relative to a formation line of flight, is described which comprises the steps of rolling the leader into the turn at predetermined roll rate for a first time interval t(r) to a leader bank angle B(c), maintaining the leader at that bank angle for a second time interval, and rolling the leader out of the turn at the same roll rate for a third time interval equal to the first interval, whereby the leader turns with determinable change in flight direction.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *TURNING FLIGHT, *FORMATION FLIGHT, *STATIONKEEPING, *RADAR NAVIGATION, RANGE(DISTANCE), DIRECTION FINDING, AIRSPEED, ERRORS, AIRBORNE

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE