Aircraft Performance Flight Testing
AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA
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This document is intended as a reference source on the topic of aircraft performance flight testing. Formulas are derived for equations of motion, altitude and airspeed. It covers the various performance maneuvers, including takeoff, landing, cruise, acceleration, climb, and turn. Specialized tests to calibrate air data systems and to dynamically determine aircraft lift and drag are discussed. Lift, drag, thrust, and fuel flow analysis methods are presented. Special topics include gravity models, aerial refueling, terrain following, and effects of temperature and wind. The text is primarily for conventional jet aircraft, however, many of the equations and methods are applicable to light civil aircraft.
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