OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION OF F-100/F-105 CAPABILITY, TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES FOR AERIAL DELIVERY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS.
TACTICAL AIR COMMAND LANGLEY AFB VA
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During July 1963, flight tests were performed by the USAF Fighter Weapons School TRD Division, Nellis AFB, Nevada, to develop a system for the aerial delivery of photographic prints from the F-100 and F-105 type aircraft. The test was perfermed in three phases - functional, ballistic, and tactics and technique phase which consisted of a total of sixty-one drops. The finalized aerial delivery system consisted of a modified dart target recovery chute canister with the pilot chute of an F-105 drag chute attached. A modified LAU-10A Zuni Rocket Launcher was used to carry and launch the delivery containers. The aerial delivery system was successful up to 400 KIAS at a minimum release altitude of 50 feet. Optimum drop conditions are 300 to 350 KIAS at a release altitude of 50 to 100 feet above ground level. Releases within these conditions assure recoverability and reusability of the delivery containers. Present low-level weapons delivery techniques are applicable for releasing the delivery containers from both the F-100 and the F-105D. Author