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F-18 simulation with Simulation Group Lead Martha Evans at the controls F-18 simulation with Simulation Group Lead Martha Evans at the controls

Photo Number: EC93-3171-1
Photo Date: March 17, 1993

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Description: Simulation Group Leader Martha Evans is at the controls of the F-18 aircraft simulator at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. Simulators offer a safe and economical alternative to actual flights to gather data, as well as being excellent facilities for pilot practice and training.

The highly modified F-18 airplane flew 383 flights over a nine year period and demonstrated concepts that greatly increase fighter maneuverability. Among concepts proven in the aircraft was the use of paddles to direct jet engine exhaust in cases of extreme altitudes where conventional control surfaces lose effectiveness. Another concept, developed by NASA Langley Research Center, was a deployable wing-like surface installed on the nose of the aircraft for increased right and left (yaw) control on nose-high flight angles.

Keywords: F-18; Martha Evans; simulation; simulator; HARV

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