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Division. Cosgrove is in charge of Strike's fixed and rotary
wing aircraft test squadrons. "We still are going to be
doing many of the same things," he says. "However, we
will see more modeling and simulation. Actual test flights
will be flown as an end point to verify the simulator
"These twin challenges of the twenty-first century can
work with each other to help Strike continue to produce a
superior flight test product with increased efficiency," says
Rusty Lowry, the technical director of the aircraft test
squadron. "The next ten years will bring an increased use
of simulation to help further streamline flight testing to
make each minute of flight meaningful, as well as to lower
the risk and protect limited and valuable flight resources.
This 'pre-flight' testing is a critical tool in assessing the
huge number of variables monitored in a flight test pro-
gram so that the limited amount of actual flight time avail-
able can be sharply focused on critical areas."
Carrier-based aviation is a key to the forward presence
and crisis response of the US military. Currently, the Navy
operates twelve carriers (eleven active and one operational
reserve), and ten active and one Naval Air Reserve carrier
wings. These are multipurpose wings, consisting of strike-
fighter, reconnaissance, surveillance, electronic combat,
anti-submarine, tanker, and search-and-rescue capabilities.
In the coming years, carrier aviation's capabilities will
increase as the composition of the air wings evolve. The
Navy is moving to a smaller, more capable, and more lethal
Setting the example for the combination of leading-edge
technology at a time of shrinking budgets is the F-18E/F
Super Hornet program, home-based out of Patuxent River.
Cosgrove singles out the F-18E/F as the program that will
lead Naval Aviation into the twenty-first century.
The Super Hornet can fly up to forty percent farther
on a typical mission. It has increased engine power,
thirty-three percent more internal fuel capacity, eleven
additional weapon stations, twenty-five percent more
surface area, and three times the capability to bring back
unused ordnance to the ship.
Currently, seven Super Hornets are undergoing testing
at Pax River, each with a dedicated test plan. The first
E model is being used to expand the flutter envelope with
various store loads and to certify the safety of the
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