Physical Integration of the HUD (Head-Up Display),
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The physical integration of the HUD into the aircraft crew station used to be a relatively simple matter once the basic design parameters for the crew station were established, particularly the over-the-nose vision angles and the location of the design eye. The HUD was then mounted in the upper portion of the instrument panel and integrated into the surface of the glare shield, along the over-the-nose vision angle, with the optics oriented so that the center line of the collimating bundle passes through the design eye. There were minor problems with this method, the most notable being a tendency for pilots to sit higher than the design eye. The integration of the new LANTIRN HUD into the F-16, however, brought a whole new set of problems.