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F/A-18 #853 News Archives
April 15, 2009
 

2005

NASA Flight Tests Validate Active Aeroelastic Wing Design Concept (5/05) - A flight research project that put a 21st century twist on a century-old technology - a high-tech derivative of the Wright brothers' wing-warping method of controlling an aircraft's turning ability - can be summed up in two words: "It works!" That was the conclusion of project manager Larry Myers as flight tests in the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) project at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., neared their end.

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2003

NASA Sky Surfing for Fuel Economy (7/03) - A NASA F/A-18 experienced a 29 percent fuel savings in late June while flying in the wingtip vortex of a DC-8. Both aircraft are based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, located on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The June 27 DC-8/F-18 flight was an exploratory investigation of large aircraft vortex-induced performance benefits on a fighter-type aircraft. The aircraft flew at 25,000 feet with a separation of about 200 feet nose-to-tail. The F/A-18 slowly moved in laterally to explore the vortex effects.

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Active Aeroelastic Wing Completes First Phase of Flight Tests (7/03) - With a final sonic boom reverberating over the desert north of Edwards Air Force Base, a NASA research aircraft has completed the first phase of the Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) flight research program.

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2002

Active Aeroelastic Wing Research Flights Begin at NASA Dryden (11/02) - The first flight of a revolutionary flexible-wing F/A-18A research jet was Friday, Nov. 15 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, Calif.

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Final Ground Tests Preface First Active Aeroelastic Wing Flights (9/02) - Engineers and technicians at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center are wrapping up the last major ground tests this month before beginning the first research flights in a project to demonstrate that twisting or warping flexible wings can enhance aircraft performance.

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NASA Dryden, Southwest Research Institute Search for Vulcanoids (4/02) - Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), in collaboration with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., has begun an innovative high-altitude observation program to search for a long-sought population of diminutive asteroids that may be circling near the sun in the innermost frontier of the solar system.

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Active Aeroelastic Wing Rollout Highlights Centennial of Flight (3/02) - As the first aircraft sporting the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission's official logo, a modified NASA F/A-18 is poised to begin investigation of Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) technology-a 21st-century, high-tech twist on wing warping for flight control pioneered by the Wright brothers almost a century ago. The aircraft was displayed Wednesday during rollout ceremonies at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif.

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Active Aeroelastic Wing Rollout Accents 'Back to the Future' Concept (3/02) - A traditional rollout ceremony planned for March 27 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center will showcase a flight research project that is putting a 21st century twist on an old-fashioned aircraft control technology-essentially going "back to the future." The centerpiece of the program is a highly modified F/A-18A that will explore a high-tech derivative of wing warping, a control technology pioneered by the Wright Brothers almost a century ago.

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2001

NASA Aircraft Complete Wingtip Vortex Study (12/01) - A NASA F/A-18 jet flying in the wingtip vortex behind another F/A-18 exhibited a 12-percent fuel savings at cruise altitude. The two aircraft, part of the Autonomous Formation Flight (AFF) project based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., flew the mission in early December.

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NASA's Autonomous Formation Flight: Follow the Leader and Save Fuel (10/01) - Engineers and research pilots at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center are exploring wingtip vortex energy with a pair of F/A-18 jet fighters flying over California's Mojave Desert. Central to the NASA Autonomous Formation Flight [AFF] program is a system of software and hardware still under development that will enable precise formations to be held without pilot inputs.

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