Accession Number:

ADD013167

Title:

Automatic Formation Turns.

Descriptive Note:

Patent, Filed 17 Oct 85, patented 23 Jun 87,

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-06-23

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

A method for coordinated turning of a formation of aircraft flying at air speed V, the formation characterized by respective rearward displacement Ds and lateral displacement Dr of each follower aircraft relative to a formation line of flight, is described which comprises the steps of rolling the leader into the turn at predetermined roll rate for a first time interval tr to a leader bank angle Bc, maintaining the leader at that bank angle for a second time interval, and rolling the leader out of the turn at the same roll rate for a third time interval equal to the first interval, whereby the leader turns with determinable change in flight direction.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE