Accession Number : ADA259240
Title : T-38 Forward Windshield Development and Performance Demonstration Report.
Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun 1982-Sep 1989,
Corporate Author : PPG INDUSTRIES INC HUNTSVILLE AL AIRCRAFT PRODUCTS DIV
Personal Author(s) : Myers, James W
Report Date : 12 Mar 1992
Pagination or Media Count : 298
Abstract : According to Air Force information, approximately 500 bird strikes occur each year in Air Training Command (ATC) with over half of these on the T-38. The current windscreen provides some protection at the slower speeds flown during the final phases of the T-38 landing pattern. However, during climbs, cruise, and descents below 10,000-feet the T-38 is normally flown at speeds of 240-to-300 knots which presents a bird strike hazard by larger birds to the pilots. The T-38 low level missions are of particular concern because they are flown at speeds of up to 420-knots. Based on training requirements, the altitude for T-38 low-level missions has decreased to 500-feet above ground level along with increasing the number of sorties required. Although the Air Force plans student load reductions, the relative number of high-speed, low-level navigation sorties will increase.
Descriptors : *TRAINING , *PERFORMANCE TESTS , *BIRD STRIKES , *NAVIGATION , *AVIATION ACCIDENTS , *POLYCARBONATES , *LAMINATED PLASTICS , *TRANSPARENT PANELS , *AIRCRAFT LANDINGS , *AVIATION SAFETY , *WINDSHIELDS , VELOCITY , GROUND LEVEL , LOW LEVEL , LANDING , DESCENT , ARCHES , ALTITUDE , PROTECTION , PANELS , MISSIONS , IMAGES , PILOTS , AIR FORCE , HAZARDS , STUDENTS
Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE