R. H. Cannon, Jr.

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: The tactical performance demands of today's military aircraft-both manned and unmanned-have given a tremendous impetus to the development of high-performance autopilots. The military missions upon which autopilot development has been concentrated are (1) automatic control during cruise-including the fucntions of pilot relief and supervision by ground command signals or by an airborne autonavigator; (2) precise steering during "pay-load" delivery, i.e., during bombing runs, and enemy-aircraft interceptions; and (3) automatic landing. The most stringent performance requirements on the autopilot are generally imposed by the fire-control-steering function. However, the high-performance equipment and advanced developmental techniques which have been achieved to meet fire control demands have also resulted in significant advancement of the automatic cruise and landing capabilities of flight control systems.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 4, Number 5
Pages: 208 - 211
Cite this article: Cannon, R. H., Jr.,, "AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF HIGH PERFORMANCE AIRCRAFT", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 4, No. 5, 1955, pp. 208-211.
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