Proceedings PaperRF-5E Production Development and Flight Test
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Production design, fabrication, and flight testing have recently been completed on the RF-5E aircraft. The design of this single-cockpit tactical reconnaissance aircraft includes multiple sensor pallets, a photographic-sensor control system computer with automatic sensor operation, and a television viewfinder system, all of which are contained within a new structure designed to provide quick access to sensor equipment. Flight test results from sensor resolution flights at Edwards AFB and Eglin AFB verify the high inflight film resolution achievable with the stable RF-5E platform. System performance guarantees were satisfactorily met, and the first two aircraft have been delivered on schedule to the first customer. The RF-5E aircraft weapon system was completely developed and paid for with company funds.