Studies in Tactical Symbology. I. Preferred Tactical Symbology for Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS).
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This report describes one of a series of studies attempting to design an optimal symbol set to use in tactical order-of-battle display for single seat aircraft. Air Force tactical pilots flying F-111Ds and F-15s were interviewed to ascertain their preferences for symbols to represent 42 tactical objects or events. Modal or typical symbol constructions for each objectevent for both types of pilots were selected, tabled, and compared with choices of naive college students and a panel of Air Force professional human factors personnel. Conclusions were 1 symbols should be as realistic or pictorial as possible, 2 existing standard symbols should be used, and 3 the symbol set should be standardized at the highest Air Force administration level practicable. Pilot-in-the-loop mission based simulations are to be developed in which tactical display symbology will be evaluated based on the findings of this study.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems