After all, they pointed out, ACEVAL's law reflected the importance of numbers in combat.
(89) As one example, early in the ACEVAL trials, the targeting process for a four-ship of Eagles required more than 100 separate intraflight radio transmissions.
(30.) Lake also outlined each test's objectives: "Objective of first test (ACEVAL) is to determine the effect of A/C [aircraft] multiples on air combat engagements using contemporary weapons and aircraft.
(32.) CSAF/XO message to TAC/CV, "AIMVAL/ACEVAL F-15s" (312111Z December 1975), in "Lessons Learned Symposium, 1974 (AFSC)," AFMC/HO 03951; and Barry Swarts, "Interest Paper on AIMVAL/ ACEVAL," 14 July 1976, 2-3, in History of ADCOM, 1 January-31 December 1976, 6, AFHRA K410.011.
ACEVAL AIMVAL JTF message to DDRE, "ACEVAL-AIMVAL Monthly Progress Report (as of 6 Jan 76)" (061830Z January 1976), in History of the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, 1 January-31 December 1976, 21; and Fay, "AIMVAL-ACEVAL Program Review," 1977, 4571.
McKenzie and Hildreth, ACEVAL Final Report, 1: sec.
The Air Force responded with its own VID-enhancing equipment, installed just in time for ACEVAL. Known as the "Eagle Eye," the simple system consisted of an off-the-shelf, six-power rifle scope mounted next to the F-15's Heads Up Display (HUD); see Tim O'Keefe Jr., "Eagle Eye," Fighter Weapons Review (Fall 1978): 27-29; Everson, ACEVAL Final Report, 4, in History of the Tactical Air Command, January-December 1977, 2, AFHRA K417.01; McKenzie and Hildreth, ACEVAL Final Report, 1: sec.
(54.) Fay, "AIMVAL-ACEVAL Program Review," 1977, 4565; Everson, ACEVAL Final Report, 4-10, 28; and McKenzie and Hildreth, ACEVAL Final Report, 1: sec.
Describing the analytical difficulties associated with the tests' data, Fay told Congress: "I would like to point out, sir, that we spent 2 years getting prepared for ACEVAL, 6 months running the test, 2 days to reduce this data, and 2 months to figure out how to say it, sir."
(75.) The report later noted, "Even with all these flaws, AIMVAL and, particularly, ACEVAL were very useful beginnings." Thomas S.
See: AFSC/CS message to ADTC, "ACEVAL/AIMVAL Test Plan" (052310Z February 1976), in History of the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, 1 January-31 December 1976, 21; DSAF/OIP message to AIG, "ACEVAL/AIMVAL News Release" (111943Z June 1976), in History of the Air Force Test and Evaluation Center, 1 January-31 December 1976, 22; "Point Paper on the ACEVAL Flight Trials," 3 February 1981, AFHRA K168.03-2107; Lake, "ACEVAL-AIMVAL Program Review," 5044; and Fay, "ACEVAL-AIMVAL Final Report Briefing," 420.
For example, Cliver earned a reputation during ACEVAL for being the first pilot to get a radar contact but the last pilot to ever get a radar lock.