DescriptionThe CREATE Air Vehicles Project has been developing and deploying three tools: 1) Kestrel, a high-fidelity, full-vehicle, multi-physics, analysis tool for fixed-wing aircraft, 2) Helios, a similar capability for rotary-wing aircraft, and 3) CREATE Genesis-DESIGN, a conceptual design tool. This talk focuses on the use of Kestrel. Kestrel is a multi-physics code that includes the unique ability to calculate the combined effects of sub-sonic, transition, and supersonic aerodynamics, structural dynamics, flight control through control surfaces, and propulsion systems (gas-turbine engines). Kestrel has been used to predict flight performance prior to construction, evaluate planned operational scenarios, perform flight certifications, and plan and rehearse test campaigns. Kestrel has been applied to the analysis of over 30 fixed-wing DoD aviation systems including store separation, A-10, F-18E, F-15, B-52, E-2D, P-3, and many others. In all cases, the combination of supercomputing hardware with high-fidelity, multi-physics engineering codes have been critical to application success. Examples of a subset of these applications will be presented.