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History – Road Map of Events: 1953-1968
Foundation of the Institute of Flight Systems of the German Aeronautical Establishment (DFL) in Braunschweig.
Hermann Blenk (right) and Minister of Defense F.-J. Strauß
Vertol H 21 dynamic response flight tests and rotor blade deformation measurements using a rotorhead-mounted high speed camera-system. The research objectives included a better understanding of rotor aeromechanics and related flying qualities deficiencies.
Vertol H 21 research helicopter
Do 27 dynamic response flight tests and flight control augmentation research. Beginning of modeling and parameter identification research.
Do 27 research aircraft
USAF-BMVg/DLR Data Exchange Agreement (DEA): Subsonic Parachute Design, Performance, and Similarity Laws. Also research on dynamic pressure loading and effective porosity of canopies. In total, an exchange of data of 3000 USAF- and 400 DLR-drop tests took place.
FB-Family of parachute drop test vehicles
Large scale flight tests of parachute recovery systems. Development of instrumented drop test vehicles (FB-Family) and personnel dummies. A multitude of flight test programs based on Government contracts was accomplished. In the early eighties, rescue and recovery systems research, development, and evaluation activities of the Institute were discontinued in order to provide manpower for the projected airborne simulator ATTAS.
Rocket-boosted test vehicle FB 6 for DEA research
Various helicopter project support activities for the Ministry of Defense and the Federal Certification Agency (LBA) such as flight testing and certification of steel and fiberplastic rotor blades (GFK-blades System Bölkow) using a special instrumented Alouette II test helicopter provided by the German Army. Consulting activities included the evaluation of the Borgward/Focke Kolibri I helicopter prototype.
Borgward/Focke Kolibri I helicopter prototype
Stability investigations and model validation wind tunnel experiments of parachute-payload systems (cooperation with University of Minnesota, USA).
Ground testing of ejection system recovery systems
Model- and full-scale parachute recovery systems research. Incident and accident research of rescue systems. Analyses, component modifications, ground and flight testing of G 91, F 104, and F 4 rescue systems.
FB drop test vehicle attached to Fiat G 91 of German Forces Flight Test Center
Development and operation of the Free-Flight Parachute Test Facility for parachute experiments in horizontal flight at up to 300 m/s initial velocity.
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