SailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted
Sun Aug 17 2003 08:37:25 UTC (11 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2908 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
MD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted
Sun Aug 17 2003 08:46:10 UTC (11 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2900 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
Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted
Sun Aug 17 2003 10:56:11 UTC (11 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2861 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]
Buckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted
Sun Aug 17 2003 11:07:23 UTC (11 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2852 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.