EVALUATION OF AIRCRAFT KILL CRITERIA BY ANALYSIS OF AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT RECORDS
NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB CORONA CA
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Records of accidents of U. S. military aircraft in flight were analyzed to evaluate the aircraft kill criteria used in missile lethality analysis, particularly the criteria employed in optimization of design parameters of fuzes for use with continuous rod warheads. The evaluation consists in comparison of damage sustained by aircraft which were still controllable, after the accident, with kill criteria expressed by the designers of each particular type of aircraft. Data for 50 accidents involving tail damage are interpreted, for purposes of fuze-warhead design optimization, as being in agreement, in an average sense, with the designers kill criteria. Data on damage of wing and nose, prove that aircraft can often be controlled in flight, even though considerable portions of wing or nose have been removed.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Antiaircraft Defense Systems