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Altitude. The Highs and Lows of Engineering Flight

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[Technical Report, Briefing Charts]

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Junior Test Pilot School

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Presentation will instruct very basic STEM principles in how engineers must consider altitude factors when designing aircraft and components for flight. No reference to any test projects or talk around classified information is involved. Topics covered will be Why fly high Why fly low Mission considerations Flying higher allows systems to see farther, and you might be out of the reach of enemy weapons. Flying lower can allow system to use terrain to hide from enemy eyes. Flight performance considerations Higher altitude means less positive control, but better fuel efficiency Lower flight means better control, but worse fuel efficiency. Human considerations Oxygen and pressure are lower at high altitudes Above Armstrongs Line, body fluids can boil. We use electrons to communicate and detect, but electrons dont stop at high altitudes At low altitudes, terrain affects them.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]