U.S. Navy T-45A Departure and Spin Evaluation.
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV PATUXENT RIVER MD
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U.S. Navy T-45A departure and spin evaluation was conducted from 8 July to 30 September 1994. The initial T-45A flight manual departure and spin recovery procedures evaluated proved unsatisfactory in providing consistent recoveries from inverted spin modes. Specifically, the procedures allowed the rudder to blow-out in the pro-spin direction during recovery, resulting in spin mode transitions and delayed recoveries. Furthermore, a third sustained inverted spin mode was discovered during flight tests. The initial flight manual procedures were successfully modified to reduce the occurrence of rudder blow-out during recovery attempts and provided more consistent recovery characteristics.
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