Selecting Design Cases for Future Aircraft
GRUMMAN AEROSPACE CORP BETHPAGE NY
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A number of factors which influence the selection of design cases are examined in the light of modern fighter usage and modern technologies that are available, or will soon be available. It was found that pilots fly fighters very differently than was the norm for the period of time when most design criteria specifications were written, largely because the environment created by todays detection systems and weapons is very different than it was then. It was found that technology advances, such as advanced composite construction and fly-by-wire control systems make it possible to tailor the configuration to achieve maneuvering capability previously unattainable. It is concluded that methods of selecting design cases need to be updated. Available methods for predicting loads for new, more complex design cases are discussed.