Avro Arrow Flight Simulator

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The RCA Aircraft Simulation Lab was originally located at Waltham, Mass in 1955 and built and operated several aircraft simulators including the F-89, F-104 and then the CF-105. The CF-105 simulator consisted of a wood fuselage section which contained the pilot compartment and the weapons officer compartment in tandem. The instrumentation in the aircraft was operational for our simulation requirements and some of the instrumentation was dummy switches and indicators for those items not necessary for our simulation purposes. The flight instruments were operational and included a noise generator to simulate engine noise and a method to increase the tension of the pilot harness to simulate g-force changes due to flight. The pilot and the weapons officer displays of the fire control radar were also operational.

The analog computer equipment occupied an air conditioned room, approximately 40' x 40' with many channels, since each function on each instrument required a dedicated channel. Eight racks near the simulator contained the "trim" adjustments for the analog equipment. Now,with digital computers, the whole simulation could be accomplished with a single home computer.

The CF-105 simulator was not meant to validate operation other than the flight characteristics at altitide and was utilized primarily to validate the fire control systems. The simulator was moved to Burlington, Mass in 1958 and was in use until the program cancellation in February 1959. Some time later the simulator was shipped to another location, but I don't know where. Our contract was with RCA-Canada and their contract probably was with Avro.

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Created: 28 January 1999
Last Update: 28 January 1999
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