The Big Step from Technology to Operational Systems.

by Giles K. Smith

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A presentation of the problems involved in moving to an operational V/STOL capability. Because there has been no body of experience on which to base supportable calculations of the value of V/STOL, it has been impossible to justify the cost of a system. Encouraging new trends in the R&D community can now be seen: (1) greater flexibility in development plans, (2) greater freedom in shifting budget allocations, and (3) interest in a new strike system for direct support of battlefield operations. To turn these trends to advantage in the development of V/STOL, information and experience relating to military operation and utilization must be accumulated. The most feasible way to realize this is to build already developed aircraft, such as the C-142 or the Dornier Do 31, rather than to embark on a development plan, either full or limited. 7 pp. (MT)

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