PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT MODEL 385 AIR REFUELING STORE
Interim rept. no. 34, 1-31 Mar 1963
BEECH AIRCRAFT CORP WICHITA KS
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Navy flight tests were conducted on the Beech Model 385 Air Refueling Store on the F-4 air craft. Stowed flight up to Mach 1.1 was achieved satisfactorily during ferry flight of the store to Patuxent. Three operational flights were accomplished at NATC with only partial s. Satisfactory extend retract function occurred at 250 kt, however, cable system malfunctions were encountered at 300 kt. Satisfactory engagements were achieved by an A-4 receiver, however, difficulties were encountered with the F-8. Fuel transfer was satisfactory with the F-8 but unsuccessful with the A-4.