OPERATIONAL FEASIBILITY EVALUATION OF AIRCRAFT LAUNCH AND ARRESTED LANDING EQUIPMENT.
TACTICAL AIR COMMAND LANGLEY AFB VA
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A limited short term evaluation of aircraft launch catapults and aircraft rapid cycle arresting gear installed on aluminum air field mat was made. The aircraft catapult as evaluated was unsuitable for use by USAF tactical forces. It was not compatible, when rigged for operation, with operational arresting gear had slow launch rates had an undemonstrated reliability factor and was not capable of launching the F-4 series aircraft at their maximum gross weights. The arresting gear operated in a satisfactory manner. Installation of this type or similar gear at USAF bases with heavy F-4C traffic appears feasible and worthwhile for recovery of aircraft during hazardous conditions. The AM2 aluminum runway mat is suitable for C-130 and F-4C operations provided it is installed on a good subgrade. Author