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I don't think I would be happy flying a plane (F117) that needs constant adjustment by computers to keep it in the air.
Originally posted by Knowsstuff
just to let you know. Almost all arcraft are designed like that to a lessor or greater degree. combat aircraft are designed to be extreamly unstable, you could not fly one with out a computer assistance. this is because when you make an input on the controls, instead of acting slowly and smoothly like an airliner, or a training aircraft, it acts sharply and quickly. exactly what you want from a fighter jet or low level bomber.
an A-10 is very unstable without the computers. it needs to be very manoueverable.
Hmm, I did not think that a highly maneuverable aircraft needed a computer. P-51 Mustang? Very maneuverable, no computer. Though it did have problems in negative G situations, thank the carburetor for that.
The F-117 is a fly-by-wire system, I believe. Which would mean a computer is necessary to control the aircraft. The A-10 is redundant hydrolic control with a backup manual control system, just in case you lose hydrolics. So, no high-tech computer needed. The reason why the A-10 is so maneuverable is its small size, compared to a passenger jet, and its low speed.
The slow response of a passenger jet is more for passenger comfort than lack of a computer to control the plane. And the A-10 only has 1 passenger, and the pilot should know what they are getting themselves into if they yank on the stick.
Originally posted by Knowsstuff
the Mustangs used in combat were powered by the Packard V-1650. a license built Rolls Royce Merlin engine, which was fuel injected, and didnt have a carburetter. which meant it could fly upside down and everything!
Crayon, trust me, i am An Airframe Systems and Structures Technician for the Royal Air force. i was previously a Licensed Airframe and Propulsion Technician for civialian helicopter companies. i have worked on all sorts of aircraft, from small utillity helicopters to large scale off shore oil and gas support helicopters, also passenger jets, air to air refuelers and combat jets.
Fly by wire or not, all modern aircraft are controlled by a computer to some degree. you could not fly a modern combat jet without the assistance of the computer. all the minute control inputs from the computer are what keep the aircraft stable inflight. theese inputs are made so quickly a pilot couldnt possible do it, so the computer does it for him.
or better still, the B1 Lancer! a supersonc bomber that is almost as manouverable as a fighter jet
the F117 is Physically impossible to fly without the help of the computers because the stealth design is not compatible with flight charachteristics, so it is essentially Forced to fly.
All Airbus aircraft a fly by wire, side stick controled. there is no phisical link from the cockpit controls to the control surfaces. it makes now difference how quicky you move the stick, it will not operate the control surfaces out with the parameters of the aircrafts flight envelope. it also wont allow you to stall the aircraft, or let it enter a spin.
Work on any A-10's?
If you are talking about a computer controling the hydrolic pumps, then I agree with that.
the Royal Air Force doesnt have A-10's. i dont need to have worked on them to know how it all works, almost all aircraft work on the same principles, there are just variations specific to type. you seem to have A-10 's on the brain though