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A detailed report on the data recording and analysis system used to capture the reliability/failure characteristics of the F-111A during the Category III tests at Nellis AFB, and a comparison of the results with the data needs of those responsible for procurement, provisioning, and product improvement programs. There is no formal system for transmitting the test results or other phasing-in information to the decisionmakers, although AFLCM 57-3 requires those who plan spares support to take test, NORS, and usage data into account. AFLC, the support command, the using command, and the contractor all use their own data sources, which are not coordinated and are likely to be mutually inconsistent. Even the special extended KO-43 data analysis system for the FB-111 fails to record which parts failed, or to report unfilled orders, thus misrepresenting demand. (The kill information needs only to be retrieved from the transaction tape.) With solid data, large commitments could be deferred until results were known. Product improvement programs would also be less needed and less costly. Large savings could result from the systematic flow of test data to the decisionmakers, in the way that reliability information is obtained from some lead-the-fleet aircraft in MAC. 48 pp. Ref.

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