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The Development of a Performance and Mission Planning Program for the A-7E Aircraft.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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In this thesis, drag and performance data from the A-7E Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Manual NATOPS were reduced to a series of analytical expressions and implemented in a mission planning program. The program was designed to be compatible with desk-top calculators 64K memory of the type used in aircraft carrier Strike Operations Centers and to be interactive, so that air wing and operations personnel may use it regularly for mission planning. All or part of 15 NATOPS performance charts were reduced using math modeling techniques which included curve-fitting and cross-plotting coefficients. Program implementation was demonstrated on an IBM 3033 using a Waterloo BASIC Compiler, and the program was checked for accuracy and operational suitability by a sample group of Navy attack pilots. Key words include NATOPS, Mission planning, A-7E, Computerized aircraft data.
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