David C Isby covers an evaluation of four types of aircraft as part of the US Air Force OA-X experiment
At Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, this summer, the US Air Force will evaluate – and compare against each other – four potential off-the-shelf aircraft designs. Each type will have been invited to take part because the Air Force determined the type has the potential to be a future Observation Attack – Experimental (OA-X) aircraft. The four competing aircraft types, flown by US Air Force pilots rather than test pilots, are to be evaluated for their ability to carry out a wide range of missions. All this will be part of an experiment conducted under the direction of the Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, a new directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory formed in May 2016.