Accession Number:

ADA148532

Title:

Optimum Performance Parameters for Ski-Jump Operations of USAF Fighter Aircraft,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1984-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

This paper discusses the equations of motion which govern the aerodynamic performance of USAF fighter aircraft immediately after ski-jump takeoffs. By a careful selection of coordinate systems and independent and dependent variables, we eliminate the need for repetitive time-history integration of the nonlinear, coupled equations. This allows a relatively simple, but exact solution of the problem. Detailed results are presented for the F-4, A-10, F-15 and F-16 for two cases -- a nominal baseline for constant pitch attitude, and a best possible case which produces the lowest achievable takeoff speeds. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Theoretical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE