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F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV)

Dryden used an F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft as its High Angle-of-Attack (Alpha) Research Vehicle (HARV) in a three-phased flight research program lasting from April 1987 until September 1996. The aircraft completed 385 research flights and demonstrated stabilized flight at angles of attack between 65 and 70 degrees using thrust vectoring vanes, a research flight control system, and forebody strakes.   F-18 HARV Home Page

DFRC Photo # Photo Date Image Description
  Skip links in main table F-18 High Alpha Research Vehicle (HARV) Photo Collection Contact Sheet
EC03-0082-1 March 24, 2003 NASA's SR-71B and F-18 HARV aircraft left Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on March 24, 2003.
EC89-62-11 March 1989 F-18 HARV
EC94-42645-9 June 27, 1994 F-18 HARV in flight close-up
EC91-495-15 September 13, 1991 F-18 HARV in flight
EC92-10231-2 October 23, 1992 F-18 HARV in flight
EC94-42513-19 March 15, 1994 F-18 HARV in banked flight over snow-capped mountains
EC91-075-38 February 14, 1991 F-18 HARV on ground during engine run showing thrust vectoring
EC95-43335-7 November 1995 F-18 HARV in flight refueling with KC-135 tanker
EC87-146-5 June 1987 F-18 HARV cockpit
EC88-0115-79 June 30, 1988 F-18 HARV forebody surface flow visualization using dye flow
EC88-0212-002 September 28, 1988 F-18 HARV forebody surface flow visualization at 26 degree angle of attack
EC88-0212-004 September 28, 1988 F-18 HARV forebody surface flow visualization (close-up) at 26 degree angle of attack
EC88-0220-021 October 7, 1988 F-18 HARV forebody vortex flow visualization at 42 degree angle of attack
EC89-0096-149 April 14, 1989 F-18 HARV smoke and tuft vortex flow visualization along leading edge extension
EC89-0096-206 April 14, 1989 F-18 HARV smoke and tuft flow visualization at 20 degree angle of attack
EC89-0096-226 April 14, 1989 F-18 HARV smoke and tuft flow visualization at 25 degree angle of attack
EC89-0096-240 April 14, 1989 F-18 HARV smoke and tuft flow visualization at 30 degree angle of attack
HARV with Actuated Nose Strakes for Enhanced Rolling (ANSER)
EC96-43479-5 March 22, 1996 F-18 HARV configured with nose strakes during smoke test
EC95-43249-02 August 1995 F-18 HARV in flight with actuated nose strakes
EC95-43249-04 August 1995 F-18 HARV in flight with actuated nose strakes
EC95-43249-14 August 1995 F-18 HARV in flight close-up of actuated nose strakes
EC95-43249-15 August 1995 F-18 HARV in flight close-up of actuated nose strakes
EC95-43057-8 March 24, 1995 F-18 HARV on ramp close-up of actuated nose strakes
EC94-42513-3 1994 Dryden/Edwards 1994 Thrust-Vectoring aircraft fleet - F-18 HARV, X-31, F-16 MATV
HARV Instrumentation modifications
EC93-42237-3 October 15, 1993 F-18 HARV instrumentation modifications
EC93-42237-4 October 15, 1993 F-18 HARV instrumentation modifications
EC93-42237-5 October 15, 1993 F-18 HARV instrumentation modifications
EC93-42237-8 October 15, 1993 F-18 HARV instrumentation modifications
EC94-42514-11 April 8, 1994 F-18 HARV dirty probes on inlet rake
EC94-42398-1 January 26, 1994 F-18 HARV research pilot Jim Smolka
EC96-43599-1 May 29, 1996 F-18 HARV research pilot Dana Purifoy
HARV Final Flight
EC96-43595-1 May 29, 1996 F-18 HARV final flight over Dryden FRC
EC96-43595-2 May 29, 1996 F-18 HARV final flight over Edwards AFB
EC96-43595-4 May 29, 1996 F-18 HARV final flight over Edwards AFB
EC93-3171-1 1993 F-18 simulation with Simulation Group Lead Martha Evans at the controls



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