Sunday, February 1, 2015

YF-4E 62-12200 Fly by Wire

Scan0524 Scan0969 One of the most interesting aircraft around during my working days was 62-12200. Among other things, it was the aircraft for the  Fly-By-Wire program called Survivable Flight Control System (SFCS). This aircraft flew in two distinct configurations, with and without canards. It was built as an F-4B and modified into to a YRF-4C by configuration report 8995.

As the National Museum of the Air Force puts it:

“This was one of the original YRF-4C prototypes that was converted into the YF-4E. The YF-4E was used in the development of the F-4E fighter as well as in fly-by-wire Precision Aircraft Control Technology (PACT) and Control Configured Vehicle (CCV) test programs. Three conversions.
A "Fly-by-Wire" control system was installed in Number 266, and a distinctive color scheme was applied to the airplane for this flight test program, which commenced on 29 April 1972.
The museum's airframe served as a prototype for the RF-4C reconnaissance version and later the F-4E fighter-bomber variant. It also was the test bed for such advanced ideas as F-4 leading edge slats and the "Fly-By-Wire" concept (electrical rather than mechanical interconnections between pilot and control surfaces). A final modification added distinctive wing-like canard surfaces to examine the Precision Aircraft Control Technology configuration for mission and performance improvements.”

Another nice history is here

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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ron,

These photos of this unique Phantom are just AWESOME!

Daniel

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