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Author Fino, Steven A., 1974- author.

Title Tiger check : automating the US Air Force fighter pilot in air-to-air combat, 1950-1980 / Steven A. Fino.

Publication Info. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2017]


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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The fielding of automated flight controls and weapons systems in fighter aircraft from 1950 to 1980 challenged the significance ascribed to several of the pilots' historical skillsets, such as superb hand-eye coordination--required for aggressive stick-and-rudder maneuvering--and perfect eyesight and crack marksmanship--required for long-range visual detection and destruction of the enemy. Highly automated systems would, proponents argued, simplify the pilot's tasks while increasing his lethality in the air, thereby opening fighter aviation to broader segments of the population. However, these new systems often required new, unique skills, which the pilots struggled to identify and develop. Moreover, the challenges that accompanied these technologies were not restricted to individual fighter cockpits, but rather extended across the pilots' tactical formations, altering the social norms that had governed the fighter pilot profession since its establishment. In the end, the skills that made a fighter pilot great in 1980 bore little resemblance to those of even thirty years prior, despite the precepts embedded within the "myth of the fighter pilot." As such, this history illuminates the rich interaction between human and machine that often accompanies automation in the workplace. It is broadly applicable to other enterprises confronting increased automation, from remotely piloted aviation to Google cars. It should appeal to those interested in the history of technology and automation, as well as the general population of military aviation enthusiasts."--Provided by publisher.
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Contents The myth of the fighter pilot -- Sabres over Korea : "Every man a tiger" -- Phantoms over Vietnam : the "GIB" -- Eagles over Nellis : "A fighter pilot's fighter."
Subject United States. Air Force -- Weapons systems -- Technological innovations.
United States. Air Force. (OCoLC)fst00538280
Fighter planes -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Fighter pilots -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Airplanes, Military -- United States -- Armament -- History.
Airplanes, Military -- Armament. (OCoLC)fst00803591
Fighter pilots. (OCoLC)fst00923988
Fighter planes. (OCoLC)fst00923996
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Automating the US Air Force fighter pilot in air-to-air combat, 1950-1980
Other Form: Print version: Fino, Steven A., 1974- Tiger check. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2017] 9781421423272 (DLC) 2016052578 (OCoLC)962750306
ISBN 9781421423289 (electronic bk.)
1421423286 (electronic bk.)
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