Tag: fly-by-wire aircraft

The F-16 program transformed USAF's fighter forces In 1977, the United States Air Force (USAF) announced that the 388th Fighter Wing (FW) would be the first unit to transition to the F-16 Fighting Falcon, now more commonly known as the Viper. Thirty-eight years ago, the first operational F-16A took to the skies at Hill Air Force Base (AFB). The first operational F-16A...
VISTA is a highly modified F-16 that can simulate the flight characteristics of many other aircraft: if the aircraft is configured as a C-17, the aircraft will respond like a C-17, not an F-16 As explained by Christopher Ball, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs in his article VISTA gives TPS clearer view of new flight control system, students at Edwards Air Force...
The F-8 DFBW system was the forerunner of current fly-by-wire systems used in the space shuttles and on today's military and civil aircraft Externally identical to a standard U.S. Navy F-8C Crusader, the F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire (DFBW) aircraft had its control system replaced initially by a primary system using an Apollo digital computer. The backup system used three analog computers. When...