This test card from the USAF Test Pilot School shows a propulsion flight test technique. The maneuvers were described in even greater detail here. But there are several features of the test card that I want to point out here, because the test card is the most important tactical tools of the test pilot and […]
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The X-31 flew in a flight test program exploring high angle of attack flight and maneuverability. Its design explored the use of thrust vectoring to replace aircraft tail surfaces. Notice that it has no horizontal stabilizer, but it does have strakes and canards. The digital flight control system input thrust vectoring commands to achieve stability […]