A vectoring nozzle with external actuation generates thrust vectoring by applying mechanical or fluidic actuation, or both, on the nozzle deck, external sidewalls, and/or air vehicle aft body to produce changes in the aft body flowfield and/or exhaust plume. An external mechanical sidewall may be integrated into a nozzle deck or side walls without the need for engine bleed to supply fluid injectors. An external fluidic vectoring system uses injectors or plasma devices located aft of the nozzle exit to vector the exhaust plume with no external moving parts. Elements of both mechanical and fluidic systems may be combined for a given application.

Title
System, method and apparatus for vectoring nozzle exhaust plume with external actuation
Application Number
12/249059
Publication Number
20100089031
Application Date
October 10, 2008
Publication Date
April 15, 2010
Inventor
Stewart A Jenkins
Keller
TX, US
Kerry B Ginn
Weatherford
TX, US
Brent N McCallum
Fort Worth
TX, US
David M Wells
Fort Worth
TX, US
Agent
Bracewell & Giuliani
TX, US
Assignee
Lockheed Martin Corporation
MD, US
IPC
B05B 12/00
F02K 01/00
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