Maneuver of fixed-wing combat aircraft
chapterposted on 2011-02-15, 11:36 authored by Peter Render
Introduction: The ability to maneuver is an important consideration for fixed wing combat aircraft and is required for both aggressive and evasive maneuvers. Small differences in maneuver performance can be significant in determining which aircraft will win a combat engagement. For example, pilots often regard a difference of 2–3◦ s−1 in turn rate as being significant. The required maneuver performance will be determined by the aircraft’s role. For instance, an air combat aircraft designed to engage enemy fighters is likely to require high instantaneous turn rates, whilst a beyond visual range interceptor armed with long range missiles is more likely to be concerned with acceleration at high altitude and good climb to height characteristics.
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CitationRENDER, P.M., 2010. Maneuver of fixed-wing combat aircraft. IN: Blockley, R., Shyy, W. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
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NotesThis book chapter is posted with special permission of John Wiley & Sons Ltd., granted to the author on 1st April 2009. Further details of this book are available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9780470686652