posted on Jun, 16 2017 @ 09:06 PM
a reply to: BlueJacket
They usually start out really gently. Up to a couple hundred knots, maybe 15-20,000 feet, make some turns, really gentle maneuvers. Then with each
subsequent flight they expand the envelope, until they finally bump up against their maximum performance numbers.
Flight testing now has gotten almost boring and routine. They fly hundreds of hours in the simulator, with the flight control software loaded, and
practice the entire test program before they ever get off the ground.
Belly landings in fighters tend to end a lot worse than that one did. That was a great job putting it down in one piece.
edit on 6/16/2017 by
Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)