Flight Test Techniques Used for Proof of Structural Integrity of Tornado When Carrying External Stores,
MESSERSCHMITT-BOELKOW-BLOHM G M B H MUNICH (GERMANY F R)
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The multirole characteristic of TORNADO results in an almost universal capability to carry an array of existing stores in every conceivable combination, within different operational flight envelopes. In order to verify the structural integrity of the aircraft when carrying stores, a comprehensive flight loads survey programme was set up to validate the store aerodynamics used for the design of pylon attachments to the main structure, the pylons, the ERUs and the store structure. Since indications of store loads measurements were given in a previous paper, the present report describes the overall stores flight test programme including the instrumentation and calibration procedures, the flight test techniques and a presentation of the to data available data. An explanation of the most significant problems which occurred during this task are pointed out.