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


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a259240.pdf


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
      Transport Aircraft
      Safety Engineering


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE