A Flight evaluation of a vectored-thrust-jet V/STOL airplane during simulated instrument approaches using the Kestrel (XV-6A) airplane

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1972 - Transportation - 76 pages
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An in-flight investigation was made to determine the terminal-area operating problems of a vectored-thrust-jet vertical and short take-off landing (V/STOL) airplane under simulated instrument conditions. Handling-qualities data pertinent to the terminal-area approach and landing task are presented in the text, and additional documentation is included in the appendixes. Problems dealing with the cruise letdown to localizer capture, conversion to powered-lift flight, precise control of the glide slope, approach velocity or deceleration schedule, hover, and landing are discussed.

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