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Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) Aircraft Photo Gallery Contact Sheet Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) Aircraft Photo Gallery Contact Sheet

Photo Number: N/A
Photo Date: 23 May 2000

Formats: Low Resolution Image Contact Sheet (21 KBytes)
Medium Resolution Image Contact Sheet (21 KBytes)
High Resolution Image Contact Sheet (11 KBytes)

Photo
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These are the image contact sheets for each image resolution of the NASA Dryden Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology (HiMAT) Aircraft Photo Gallery.

Project
Description:

The HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) subscale research vehicles flown by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, from mid 1979 to January 1983 demonstrated advanced fighter technologies that have been used in the development of many modern high performance military aircraft.

Two vehicles were used in the research program conducted jointly by NASA and the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The two vehicles, flown a total of 26 times, provided data on the use of composites, aeroelastic tailoring, close-coupled canards and winglets, and investigated the interaction of these then-new technologies upon each other.

About one-half the size of a standard manned fighter and powered by a General Electric J85-21 jet engine, the HiMAT vehicles were launched from NASA's B-52 carrier aircraft at an altitude of about 45,000 feet. They were flown remotely by a NASA research pilot from a ground station with the aid of a television camera mounted in the HiMAT cockpits.

Technologies tested on the HiMAT vehicles appearing later on other aircraft include the extensive use of composites common now on military and commercial aircraft; rear-mounted wing and forward canard configuration used very successfully on the X-29 research aircraft flown at Dryden; and winglets, now used on many private and commercial aircraft to lessen wingtip drag and enhance fuel savings. The supersonic research vehicles were 21.1 feet long, 15.2 feet wide, and had a top speed of Mach 1.4.


Keywords: HiMAT; Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology; Langley; Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory; composites; canards; winglets; modern military aircraft; remotely piloted


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