A test facility was developed in the Φ3.2m wind tunnel, which is driven by two moment electromotors and used to simulate inlet working conditions of the fighter during high maneuvers. The unsteady test method for research on the inlet flow characteristics was established. Based on results of the validating test, the inlet flow characteristics during maneuvers with rapidly changing angle of attack were studied. Some unsteady features, such as the circumferential distortion and turbulence, were obtained from the tests. All these results prove the feasibility of the test technology on studying the unsteady characteristics of the fighter plane inlet flow during maneuvers in the low speed wind tunnel. © 2017, Editorial Department of JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTS IN FLUID MECHANICS. All right reserved.