The United States Air Force Stability and Control Digital DATCOM
is a computer program that implements the methods contained in the USAF Stability and Control DATCOM
to calculate the static stability, control and dynamic derivative characteristics of fixed-wing aircraft
. Digital DATCOM requires an input file containing a geometric description of an aircraft, and outputs its corresponding dimensionless stability derivatives according to the specified flight conditions. The values obtained can be used to calculate meaningful aspects of flight dynamics
In February 1976, work commenced to automate the methods contained in the USAF Stability and Control DATCOM, specifically those contained in sections 4, 5, 6 and 7
. The work was performed by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation
under contract with the United States Air Force in conjunction with engineers at the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
. Implementation of the Digital DATCOM concluded in November 1978.
The program is written in FORTRAN IV
and has since been updated; however, the core of the program remains the same.
A report was published, separated into three volumes, which explains the use of Digital DATCOM. The report consists of
- Volume I, User's Manual
- Volume II, Implementation of DATCOM Methods
- Volume III, Plot Module
Section 3 of the USAF Digital DATCOM Manual Volume I defines the inputs available for modeling an aircraft. The inputs are... Read More