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June 16, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-4727) Donald Nolan Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, Calif. (Phone: 805/258-3447) RELEASE: 93-115 NASA F-15 BEING READIED FOR ADVANCED MANEUVERING FLIGHT A specially-modified NASA F-15 research aircraft, which could substantially advance the cruising efficiency and flight maneuverability of future U.S. aircraft, arrived yesterday at the agency's Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, Calif. This research program could substantially advance the cruising capability and flight maneuverability of future aircraft. The research program will test how advanced thrust vectoring engine nozzle technology can improve the aircraft's performance during cruising flight or in maneuvering. NASA will use the new F-15 in the Advanced Control Technology For Integrated Vehicles, ACTIVE, program. "When we add the advanced multi-axis thrust vectoring engine nozzles and advanced aircraft computing and control systems, this F-15 will be an exceptional flight research facility," said Dr. James Stewart, Project Manager. Developed by Pratt & Whitney Government Engines and Space Division, West Palm Beach, Fla., the new thrust vectoring system will fly for the first time on the NASA F-15. The nozzles, much lighter than previous exhaust vectoring systems, could be retrofitted to existing aircraft or used in future aircraft

designs. NASA will use the modified F-15 to expand digital-integrated flight and propulsion control system studies. This research will be complex because these F-15 systems now must control canards (small wings) on the plane's forward fuselage and a set of innovative engine exhaust-directing nozzles. - more -2The F-15 has an advanced electronic cockpit, fully digital flight controls, an extensive computer system and originally, was built to carry the load of a vectoring system. The nozzles can direct the F-15's engine exhaust in a full circle up to a 20-degree angle. This will permit researchers to study maneuvering qualities using the nozzles for pitch (up and down) and yaw (side to side) control. Dryden will install two F-100-229 Pratt & Whitney engines, the vectoring nozzles and an advanced Vehicle Management System computer to modify the aircraft to the ACTIVE program configuration. The first phase of the program is expected to start in late 1993. It is a joint effort of NASA, the Air Force, Pratt & Whitney and McDonnell Douglas, St. Louis, Mo. The F-15, on loan from the U.S. Air Force, was flown to Dryden from the McDonnell Douglas plant in St. Louis by NASA research pilot Jim Smolka and McDonnell Douglas pilot Stephen Herlt. The U.S. Air Force used the F-15 from 1985 to 1991 in a test program to prove technologies for short take off and landing and "up-and-away" maneuvering of military aircraft. -endNOTE TO EDITORS: Video and stills of the F-15's arrival are available from the Dryden media relations office, 805/258-3447.