Fighter agility metrics, research and test Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents the results of an analysis of proposed metrics to assess fighter aircraft agility. A novel framework for classifying these metrics is developed and applied. A set of transient metrics intended to quantify the axial and pitch agility of fighter aircraft is evaluated with a high fidelity, nonlinear generic simulation of the F-18 Hornet. Test techniques and data reduction methods are proposed, and sensitivities to pilot introduced errors during flight testing is investigated. Results indicate that the power onset and power loss parameters are promising candidates for quantifying axial agility, while maximum pitch-up and pitch-down rates are for quantifying pitch agility. 1992, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Aircraft

author list (cited authors)

  • Liefer, R. K., Valasek, J., Eggold, D. P., & Downing, D. R.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Liefer, Randall K||Valasek, John||Eggold, David P||Downing, David R

publication date

  • May 1992