45th Anniversary of the Digital Fly-by-Wire First Flight. The F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire flight research project validated the principal concepts of all-electric flight control systems now used on nearly all modern high-performance aircraft and on military and civilian transports. The first flight of the 13-year project was on May 25, 1972, with research pilot Gary E. Krier at the controls of a modified F-8C Crusader that served as the testbed for the fly-by-wire technologies. The project was a joint effort between the NASA Flight Research Center (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) and LaRC. I

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45th Anniversary of the Digital Fly-by-Wire First Flight. The F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire flight research project validated the principal concepts of all-electric flight control systems now used on nearly all modern high-performance aircraft and on military and civilian transports. The first flight of the 13-year project was on May 25, 1972, with research pilot Gary E. Krier at the controls of a modified F-8C Crusader that served as the testbed for the fly-by-wire technologies. The project was a joint effort between the NASA Flight Research Center (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) and LaRC. I
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45th Anniversary of the Digital Fly-by-Wire First Flight. The F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire flight research project validated the principal concepts of all-electric flight control systems now used on nearly all modern high-performance aircraft and on military and civilian transports. The first flight of the 13-year project was on May 25, 1972, with research pilot Gary E. Krier at the controls of a modified F-8C Crusader that served as the testbed for the fly-by-wire technologies. The project was a joint effort between the NASA Flight Research Center (now Armstrong Flight Research Center) and LaRC. It included a total of 211 flights. The last flight was December 16, 1985, with research pilot Ed Schneider at the controls.