Accession Number : AD0427228


Title :   FEASIBILITY OF UTILIZING LUMINESCENT AND REFLECTIVE COATINGS AS VISUAL AIDS FOR NIGHT CARRIER LANDINGS,


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C


Personal Author(s) : Rohl,Gerald E ; Cowling,Jack E


Report Date : 15 Oct 1963


Pagination or Media Count : 15


Abstract : The introduction of high-speed aircraft coupled with around-the-clock, all-weather operations of the Navy's fleet air arm have introduced hazards in landings aboard carriers which hitherto were not encountered. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has conducted studies to determine the technical feasibility of using fluorescent materials as visual aids for night operations aboard aircraft carriers. These studies included smallscale tests on models and intermediate-scale tests (About 1/4 scale) in a hangar. In each type of test fluorescence was induced by two methods: (1) direct illumination of the surface by near ultraviolet or visible red and blue energy and (2) indirect illumination by white light of the under surface of a fluorescent paint applied to a clear plastic bar. The latter of these two methods appears to be technically feasible, and it is recommended that a full-scale evaluation be made. The high level of lighting required by the first method would seem to preclude its use for actual application aboard ship. (Author)


Descriptors :   *NIGHT LANDINGS , *CARRIER LANDINGS , *LUMINESCENCE , LANDING AIDS , FLUORESCENCE , LANDING AIDS , LANDING , REFLECTION , ILLUMINATION , NAVAL RESEARCH , MARKERS , FEASIBILITY STUDIES


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