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The Fly By Wire System.  
User currently offlineB752fanatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 918 posts, RR: 7
Posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3701 times:

The first aircraft with this system was?

I was thinking it was the A320.

What aircraft was the first with this system?

"Truth is more of a stranger than fiction." Mark Twain
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User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

The Concorde has an analog fly-by-wire system, the A320 was the first airliner with a digital one. I am not sure about military planes tho, but I think the SR-71 had one too, and possible the XB-70


User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

I thought I read that the A310 was the first to have fly by wire, but it was only to the outboard ailerons.. Just a foggy memory  Nuts

Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

From what I understand, the first digital fly-by-wire aircraft was a NASA F-8 Crusader, which flew with complete dependence on electronic flight controls in May 1972:

And if the Russians are to be believed, then the Sukhoi T-4 prototype (below) also had a fly-by-wire system when it made its first flight later the same year.

[Edited 2003-08-17 11:07:20]

User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (12 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3598 times:

The A310 was the first airliner with fly-by-wire technology incorporated into its design. The F-16 was the first fighter to have full digital fly-by-wire for all its control surfaces, a descendant of the F-8 FBW prototype system.

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