Configuration E-7 Supersonic Fighter/Attack Technology Program

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J. E. Jenista, D. S. Bodden

General Dynamics Fort Worth Division, Fort Worth, TX 76101

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 112(2), 212-216 (Apr 01, 1990) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906164 History: Received February 21, 1989; Online April 24, 2008


The program covering the design and early technology development of Configuration E-7, a supersonic STOVL Fighter/Attack aircraft, is described. This aircraft uses the ejector principle to augment engine fan air for vertical lift. The initial design objectives selected in 1980 are listed and discussed. Some design considerations applicable to the propulsion concept and the chosen configuration are mentioned. The test program accomplished thus far, including wind tunnel models plus other test articles and activities, is outlined. The program has proceeded without major technological obstacles and a full-scale engine-powered model will soon be ready for testing.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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