Analysis of Air-to-Air Combat Data and the Effect of Pilot Learning,
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH DEPUTY FOR DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
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A definitive study to establish if a learning effect exists among pilots who routinely engage in air-to-air combat must be based on statistical analyses of combat data. Fundamental to any statistical analysis is an adequate sample size of data, with the data in a form which is appropriate for the hypothesis being tested. Combat data obtained from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War show promise of establishing the existence of a learning effect in pilots who are continually engaged in air-to-air combat over a period of time. The study reported is a preliminary effort, and the evidence thus far is inconclusive regarding the existence of a learning effect. Thus, a more detailed follow-on analysis seems justified.
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