DESIGNING ADVANCED FIGHTER AIRCRAFT Burt Dicht Managing Director ASME Knowledge and Community Sector TODAY’S AGENDA Fighter Aircraft Requirements The Evolution of Stealth Technology The Advanced Tactical Fighter The Design Process The Future of Aircraft Design
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Managing Director ASME Knowledge and Community Sector
Managing Director, Knowledge & Community
T-38 Talon • F-5E/F Tiger II • F-20 Tigershark • YF-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Space Shuttle Program
Summer Intern - Space Shuttle Launch Facility Design
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Mission – covert reconnaissance and covert surgical strikes
Subsonic – limited performance
Gen 1 – Earliest jet fighters: Germany’s Me 262, Britain’s Meteor, US F-80. Hallmark was advance in speed over piston engine aircraft
Gen 2 – Korean War era: USAF f-86 and Soviet MiG-15. Designers maximized performance by tailoring airframe to jet engine. (Use of swept wings is an example)
Gen 3 – late 50s early 60s: USAF Century Series F-100, F-101, F-102,
F-104, F-105, F-106 and Soviet MiG-17 and MiG-21. Featured advanced missiles, supersonic speed and sophisticated engines. F-4 Phantom was late Gen 3 fighter.
Gen 4 – mid 1970s: USAF F-15 and F-16 and Soviet Su-27 and MiG-29. Highly maneuverable, sophisticated weapons, engines and avionics.
Gen 5 – today: all aspect stealth, internal weapons, plug and play electronics and supercruise. USAF F-22 and F-35 coming.
Source - Air Force Magazine – Sept. 2008
F/A-18 Carrier Takeoff
Boeing (McDonnell Douglas/Northrop) F/A-18F Super Hornet
General size and configuration of the aircraft • aerodynamics studies • thrust loading • wing loading • wing sweep • general body, wing and tail configurations
Best conceptual design is chosen for testing • inlet/engine/airframe integration • major loads and stresses • weight • stability and control • internal arrangement
Configuration frozen • Detailed structural design • Detailed system design and installation • Production drawings
Manufacturing and assembly
Inboard Profile Drawing • Aperture Arrangement • Three Views • Zone Drawings
F-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter
YF-23A Prototype Air Vehicle – Plan View
Employment Change 2006 - 2016
BOEING 787 DREAMLINER
Northrop Grumman X-47B Pegasus Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D).
BOEING 797 FLYING WING PASSENGER JET
(Building Spaceship Two for Virgin Galactic)
SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES
FALCON 1 LAUNCH VEHICLE
ORION CREW EXPLORATION VEHICLE
ARES V Launch Vehicle (two - 5 segment shuttle SRBs and a 33 ft diameter liquid fueled booster with 5 RS-68 engines for the 1st stage and an Earth Departure Stage with a single J2X engine)
ARES I Launch Vehicle (5 segment shuttle SRB for the 1st stage and a liquid fueled J2X engine for the second stage)
LUNAR SURFACE ACCESS MODULE
ORION AND LSAM
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