No Action Lately Update on TPS

February 26, 2009

Sorry Folks but Test Pilot School has gotten crazy lately with a Calculus Test, Airborne Systems Test, Dynamics Test and 5 Difficiency Reports coming due all in one week.  I haven’t flown in a few weeks as it has been cold here and the winds have been whiping.

I also haven’t gotten to fly very much for school yet the pilots are still getting their NATOPS Qualifications completed in the T-38 and the T-6A so until that happens the chance of getting on the schedule is slim.  I did however finally get my T-38C Introduction flight a few weeks ago.  One thing to say about that aircraft is that it is every bit of a lawn dart.  Final approach is flown absoultly no slower than 160 Knots they are mostly flown at 170 to 175 knots depending on weight.  Shit happens fast at that speed.  5 mile final approaches happen in 2 minutes on the nut no time for mistakes.

The most interesting data point yet I did was asked to do a loop in the T-38 we started at 7K ft and 500 Knots and a 5 g pull holding the resultant AOA.  The top of the loop was at 17,000 Ft and we finished off right back again at 7,000 ft! yes folks it takes 10,000 feet to do a properly executed loop without over g’ing the aircraft.

We also went Super Sonic 1.05 Mach to be exact.  That sounds exciting but to tell the truth I wouldn’t have even known I done it with out looking at the Mach gage in the cockpit.  There really isn’t much if any decernable difference between sub sonic and super sonic flight in that aircraft no shockwaves no buffet, nothing at all.

The jet rolls pretty good but doesn’t roll much better then a hot Pitts S-2C or Extra.  It has nothing on the Edge 540 or Giles.

The climb out from the airport was pretty exciting as we went from 4500 feet to 41,000 feet in a few minutes. I want to remember something like 3 minutes with after burn clicked in.  Oh and by the way we climbed no slower than .87 Mach and spent most of the time at .95-.97 mach.

I will keep you updated as time allows. Right now I am pretty busy but I will fill you in with some more flight info hopefully soon.  Some upcoming flights will be in the C-12(King Air 200), and U-6 (Dehav – Beaver) for Handling Qualities Demo