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Some fighter aircraft trendsSome basic trends in fighter aircraft are traced from the post World War II era. Beginning with the first operational jet fighter, the P-80, the characteristics of subsequent fighter aircraft are examined in terms of performance, mission capability, effectiveness, and cost. Characteristics presented include such items as power loading, wing loading, maximum speed, rate of climb, turn rate, weight and weight distribution, cost and cost distribution. In some cases, the characteristics of U.S.S.R. aircraft are included for comparison. The trends indicate some of the rationale for certain fighter designs and indicate some likely characteristics to be sought in future fighter aircraft designs.
Document ID
19850031422
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Spearman, M. L. (NASA Langley Research Center Aeronautical Systems Office, Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1984
Subject Category
AIRCRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 84-2503
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other