LAMS B-52 Flight Experiments In Direct Lift Control
This paper reports the results of a limited flight evaluation of Direct Lift Control (DLC) on a modified B-52 aircraft. The evaluation was made in conjunction with concluding flights of the Load Alleviation and Mode Stabilization (LAMS) Program and represents the first flight testing of a blended closed loop DLC system on an aircraft of this size and weight. By allowing the pitch and heave motions in the longitudinal axis to be decoupled, the system provided positive control of altitude displacements while holding pitch attitude constant. In both ILS approaches and aerial refueling tasks, controllability was significantly improved and pilot workload was reduced.