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F-111 TACT in flight F-111 TACT in flight

Photo Number: ECN-3931
Photo Date: January 28, 1974

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Description:

This photograph shows a modified General Dynamics TACT/F-111A Aardvaark with supercritical wings installed. The aircraft, with flaps and landing gear down, is in a decending turn over Rogers Dry Lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base.

Starting in 1971 the NASA Flight Research Center and the Air Force undertook a major research and flight testing program, using F-111A (#63-9778), which would span almost 20 years before completion. Intense interest over the results coming from the NASA F-8 supercritical wing program spurred NASA and the Air Force to modify the General Dynamics-Convair F-111A to explore the application of supercritical wing technology to maneuverable military aircraft. This flight program was called Transonic Aircraft Technology (TACT).


Keywords: F-111 TACT; F-111A; F-111E; Aardvark; General Dynamics F-111A Aardvark; NASA Dryden Flight Research Center; Air Force; Transonic Aircraft Technology; TACT; Mission Adaptive Wing; MAW; Dr. Richard Whitcomb; Supercritical Wing; NASA Langley Research Center;Integrated Propulsion Control System; IPCS; Advanced Fighter Technology Integration; AFTI; Digital Electronic Engine Control; DEEC; Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory; Air Force Flight Propulsion Laboratory; Pratt & Whitney Company; Natural Laminar Flow.


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