IN-FLIGHT STRUCTURAL RESPONSE OF FJ-4 AIRCRAFT TO NUCLEAR DETONATIONS
BUREAU OF NAVAL WEAPONS WASHINGTON DC
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Project 5.3 participated in Operation Plumbbob to 1 measure thermal and blast response of the FJ-4 airplane to nuclear explosion effects, 2 correlate experimental response data with the analytical predictions to confirm the delivery capability of the FJ-4 aircraft, and 3 obtain data to improve methods of predicting the blast response of swept-wing aircraft. Two aircraft, a primary and a standby, were flown during the operation. Provisions were included for identical instrumentation in the two aircraft. This instrumentation provided for acquisition of data on thermal input and response of thin-skin and honeycomb structures, nuclear effects, overpressures, dynamic response, engine response, and chord-wise pressure distribution over the swept wing.
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