The F-18 - A New Era for Human Factors,
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA
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This paper will describe the crew station of the NavyMarine Corps newest high performance tactical jet aircraft - the FA-18 HORNET and the Human Factors effort involved in its development and testing. The FA-18 represents the first of a new generation of military aircraft as such, its development posed a host of novel man machine interface, crew station design and human factors engineering problems in need of creative solutions. Compared to other tactical jet aircraft currently serving the military, the FA-18 is, by design, the most mission flexible and growth accommodating aircraft in the inventory. In order to develop the HORNET, major changes in the human factors engineering approach were required. Popular description of the airplane as being out of Star Wars, tend to distort the aircrafts orderly development history. Involved were thorough mission analyses, technology risk assessment and a step-by-step process of proof and refinement or concept in realistic mission simulators.