X-31 at High Angle of Attack



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Description X-31 at High Angle of Attack
The X-31 aircraft on a research mission from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, is flying nearly perpendicular to the flight path while performing the Herbst maneuver. Effectively using the entire airframe as a speed brake and using the aircrafts unique thrust vectoring system to maintain control, the pilot rapidly rolls the aircraft to reverse the direction of flight, completing the maneuver with acceleration back to high speed in the opposite direction. This type of turning capability could reduce the turning time of a fighter aircraft by 30 percent. The Herbst maneuver was first conducted in an X-31 on April 29, 1993, in the No. 2 X-31 aircraft by German test pilot Karl-Heinz Lang.
Date 1994(1994)
Source http://www1.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/X-31/HTML/EC94-42478-3.html
Author NASA
Shuttle.svg This image or video was catalogued by Dryden Flight Research Center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Photo ID: EC94-42478-3.
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