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C-130 DUAL RAIL AERIAL DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT DROP
AIR FORCE FLIGHT TEST CENTER EDWARDS AFB CA
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The results of an evaluation of a C-130 dual rail modification for a fixed pin 108-in. platform usage for single unit drops in the range of 27,500 to 35,000 lbs., an evaluation of the fixed pin 108-in. Comex combat expendable platform,AND EVALUATION OF FLYING QUALITIES stability and control of the C- 130B during heavy drop aerial delivery. Force-time histories during parachute deployment and opening in the individual load suspension slings and parachute risers were obtained. Tests determined that the Aerial Unloading Kit, Model AF A32H-1, although generally functionally suitable for use with the equipment tested, should not be accepted for operational use until the modifications as recommended in this report are accomplished. The 24-ft. Comex platform is suitable for air drops of unit loads of from 27,500 to 35,000 pounds. Inadequate instrumentation prevented the determination of any flight safety conditions involving the exceeding of design limitations of the aircraft when air dropping unit loads with weights ranging from 27,500 to 35,000 lbs. Test results also indicate that the ARAAV vehicle can be dropped from a C-130B aircraft without encountering any aircraft load-clearance problems.
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