Accession Number:

ADA019939

Title:

AFGWC Computer Flight Planning for DOD Aviation,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE GLOBAL WEATHER CENTRAL OFFUTT AFB NEBR

Report Date:

1973-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

In 1961 the Global Weather Central at Offutt Air Force Base Nebraska developed a prototype computer program which produced an automated flight plan using forecast wind fields. Among the first users was the Presidents flight in Air Force 1. Since then there has evolved an extensive flight simulation capability which each day produces hundreds of computer flight plans using forecast and climatological winds available 24 hours a day. These global computer flight plans, CFPs, produced at the Air Force Global Weather Central AFGWC are used by the USAFs Military Airlift Command MAC, the Strategic Air Command SAC, the Tactical Air Command TAC and other DoD units. This aviation application is one of the more effective uses of digital computers in that countless computations are performed involving not only the environmental factors, aircraft characteristics and mission requirements, but also involving the recording, displaying and transmitting of the data to the aircraft crew, the mission controllers and the meteorologists. This paper briefly describes the supporting computer and communications systems, and the four major components of the computer flight plan production - the real time operating system, the aircraft operational flight data system, the simulation of each flight, and the application of the meteorological data base.

Subject Categories:

  • Aircraft
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE