PILOT AIRCRAFT AIMING PERFORMANCE
AIR FORCE AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Six test pilots, using a specially instrumented F-100D, flew nine dives each at a ground target. The task was to align the aircraft with the target as quickly as possible. Initial altitude 7,000, 8,000, or 9,000 feet, dive angle 10, 20, or 30 degrees, slant range at alignment 6,035 to 50,869 feet, and individual pilot differences did not affect accuracy of alignment. Turbulence, as judged by the pilots, decreased both accuracy and task time. Mean task performance time was approximately nine seconds and mean accuracy was approximately five minutes visual angle.