Study of Control Devices for Improved Tactical Agility.
NORTH AMERICAN ROCKWELL CORP COLUMBUS OHIO COLUMBUS DIV
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A study was conducted to determine the effect of the control device characteristics on airplane agility at transonic speeds. A list of over 600 reports containing data on various control devices is presented. A discussion of the more widely used control devices is presented together with data showing trends and general characteristics. From this list of control devices certain devices were selected for evaluation on a baseline configuration. An Agility Index was formulated for the evaluation of the selected control devices. The results of this portion of the study showed certain control devices than enhanced agility. A fighter aircraft was configured with the agility enhancement control devices, evaluated for agility and compared to the baseline airplane. Author
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft