1325. Navy V/STOL – A Continuing Initiative


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R G Perkins: 1325. Navy V/STOL – A Continuing Initiative. 1979.



A project overview of the Navy’s V/STOL Project is presented. Discussion includes a brief review of V/STOL project history, current project philosophy, present and future V/STOL project activities and a simplified model for structuring comparisons between CTOL and V/STOL aircraft. The scope of the Sea Based Air Master Study (SBAMS) and the relationship of current V/STOL industry studies are reviewed. Some results of CTOL vs. V/STOL aircraft force level comparisons are contrasted against unit comparisons between V/STOL and CTOL aircraft to illustrate limitations of unit aircraft comparisons. Aircraft design studies supporting the SBAMS are summarized.


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