Theory of the Measurement and Standardization of In-Flight Performance of Aircraft
Final technology document
AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA
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The contents of this report were prepared to give those engaged in aircraft flight test an understanding of the analysis required to arrive at standardized flight data. Toward that end, considerable attention was given to the derivation of equations. In contrast to earlier reports, simplifying assumptions were not made rather, efforts were made to keep the derivations of all equations as nearly exact as possible. Emphasis has been placed on climbs and level accelerations since these tests, particularly for supersonic aircraft, consume a large part of a test program and require calculations which are much more lengthy than for other tests. The information in this document was the basis for the development of uniform digital computer programs which are being constructed for use in processing flight data and correcting it to standard conditions. These programs have been given the name Uniform Flight Test Analysis System UFTAS.
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