Hands Off Landing On Midway



"Hands Off" Landing On Midway

JUNE 13--Lieutenant Commander R. K. Billings and R. S. Chew, Jr., of NATC Patuxent, piloting F-4A Phantom and F-8D Crusader aircraft made the first fully automatic carrier landings with production equipment on board Midway off the California coast.

The landings, made "hands off" with both flight controls and throttles operated automatically by signals from the ship, highlighted almost 10 years of research and development and followed by almost 6 years the first such carrier landing made with test equipment.

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