Accession Number : ADA258156
Title : The Effect of Combat on Aircrew Subjective Readiness and LSO Grades during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Descriptive Note : Final rept.,
Corporate Author : NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL
Personal Author(s) : Shappell, Scott A. ; Neri, David F.
Report Date : MAY 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 40
Abstract : The effect of operational tasking on aircrew readiness during combat operations continues to be an area of intense investigation within the U.S. Navy. The recent Persian Gulf War provided a unique opportunity to collect data examining aircrew work/rest cycles and operational tasking in a combat environment. For 4 consecutive weeks during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, 18 A-6 and 18 F-14 aviators onboard the USS AMERICA (CV-66) completed daily work/rest logs of their activities while conducting operations from the Red Sea. Activities on the work/rest logs were coded to a resolution of one-half hour. Several flight parameters were also obtained including: (1) takeoff and landing time, (2) flight duration, (3) mission type, (4) consecutive days during which a flight occurred, (5) landing signal officer (LSO) scores, and (6) arresting wire engaged on landing. In addition, after each mission aircrew provided a subjective assessment of the amount of time that they needed to rest before another air-to-ground strike mission could be flown (a measure of subjective readiness). Multiple regression analysis indicates that flight duration, the number of flights per day, and the time-of-day that the flight occurred, impact heavily on subjective evaluations of aircrew readiness. Few consistent relationships were observed between the independent measures and LSO grades. The data obtained here represent a unique look at aircrew work/rest patterns as they effect aircrew readiness during armed conflict.
Descriptors : *COMBAT READINESS , *ARMY OPERATIONS , DATA BASES , WARFARE , GULFS , IMPACT , FLIGHT CREWS , PERSIAN GULF , PARAMETERS , NAVY , WIRE , RESOLUTION , CYCLES , TIME , REGRESSION ANALYSIS , SIGNALS , MISSIONS , OPERATION , TAKEOFF , PATTERNS , CONFLICT , OCEANS , NUMBERS , WINGS , DESERTS , ONBOARD , REST , SQUADRONS , LANDING , FLIGHT SURGEONS , ADDITION , SURGEONS , RED SEA.
Subject Categories : MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE