Systems Technology Incorporated conducted an investigation for modeling aero-servo-elastic aircraft response based on F-16 limit cycle oscillation data and presented their results at an AIAA Atmospheric Sciences conference. The methodology investigates frequency response of a system using arbitrary input. The method seems promising. However, I believe that we still need to quantify goodness of fit sufficiently […]
This aircraft was a variant of the F-80 fighter–it was probably designed simply by lengthening the aircraft several feet to accommodate a second pilot. What effect would this have on stability derivatives if this was the only change? This aircraft is adjacent to the USAF Test Pilot School buildings at Edwards AFB, California. The aircraft […]
Airborne pickup is the formation takeoff technique in which the chase plane takes off first and directs the takeoff of the test aircraft for the purpose of safety and video chase. The art is to do it in such a way that one arrive in position without overrunning or underrunning.