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F-15B ACTIVE with thrust vectoring nozzles on test stand at sunrise F-15B ACTIVE with thrust vectoring nozzles on test stand at sunrise

Photo Number: EC95-43338-9
Photo Date: 13 Nov 1995

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This November 13, 1995, photograph of the F-15 Advanced Controls Technology for Integrated Vehicles (ACTIVE) at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, shows the aircraft on a test stand at sunrise.

Not shown in this photograph are the aircraft's two new Pratt & Whitney nozzles that can turn up to 20 degrees in any direction. These nozzles give the aircraft thrust control in the pitch (up and down) and yaw (left and right) directions. This will reduce drag and increase fuel economy or range as compared with conventional aerodynamic controls, which increase the retarding forces (drag) acting upon the aircraft.

These tests could result in significant performance increases for military and commercial aircraft. The research program is the product of a collaborative effort by NASA, the Air Force's Wright Laboratory, Pratt & Whitney, and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. The aircraft was originally built as an F-15B (Serial #71-0290).


F-15; ACTIVE; Advanced Controls Technology for Integrated Vehicles; Pratt & Whitney nozzles; pitch; yaw; thrust vectoring

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