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F-18 HARV
F-18 HARV
Origin USA United States
Role Test aircraft
Manufacturer McDonnell Douglas
Primary user Nasa NASA
General characteristics
Crew 1
Length 56 ft (17.1 m)
Wingspan 40 ft (12.3 m)
Height 15.4 ft (4.7 m)
Loaded weight 51,900 lb (23,500 kg)
Performance
Maximum speed 1,190 mph (1,915 km/h)
Range 1,250 miles (2,000 km)
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
series information
Appearances H.A.W.X.

The F-18 HARV (High Alpha Research Vehicle) was a modified McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet used by NASA in a 3-phase program investigating controlled flight at high angles of attack using thrust vectoring, modifications to the flight controls, and with actuated forebody strakes. The program lasted from April 1987 to September 1996.

NASA reported that in one phase of the project, Armstrong Flight Research Center "research pilots Bill Dana and Ed Schneider completed the envelope expansion flights in February 1992. Demonstrated capabilities included stable flight at approximately 70 degrees angle of attack (previous maximum was 55 degrees) and rolling at high rates at 65 degrees angle of attack. Controlled rolling would have been nearly impossible above 35 degrees without vectoring." Performance figures were not listed for other phases.

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