America’s Fighters of the 1980s: F-16 and F-18 (Warbirds by Robert C. Stern

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3 The House of Quality chart in Fig. 3 shows customer needs and priorities as well as design features and their correlations for a light general aviation aircraft. Calculate the design feature priorities. 4 Choose five aircraft with similar configurations but different sizes, the Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777 for instance, and make a graph plotting the maximum range of each aircraft vs its maximum takeoff gross weight. What trend do you notice? 4, make a graph plotting each plane’s maximum payload weight vs its maximum takeoff gross weight.

5) Trade studies are accomplished to help determine the “best” solution to the requirements (Joint Strike Fighter vs Block 60 F-16). ” A design driver is the most restrictive and most important requirement, and so it will most heavily influence the design. Examples: 30-mm cannon on A-10, low-observable flying wing design of B-2A, high-altitude cruise/low-altitude penetration role of B-1B. In recent years, cost has become one of the most important requirements. Aircraft prices have risen dramatically as a result of improved technologies, higher materials and labor cost, and smaller numbers of aircraft being produced.

The most commonly used units of temperature are degrees Celsius (◦ C), degrees Fahrenheit (◦ F), Kelvin (K), and degrees Rankine (◦ R). Pressure is the force exerted by a fluid (liquid or gas) per unit area. Air pressure in an inflated balloon pushes outward on the walls of the balloon and stretches them. If you attempt to squeeze the balloon, air pressure resists. Because the air exerts a force per unit area, you will have to push much harder to flatten a balloon with your whole hand than to just depress a portion of the wall of the balloon with your finger.

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