OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION AERIAL SIGNAL FLARE.
TACTICAL AIR COMMAND LANGLEY AFB VA
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This test was conducted to determine the suitability of packaging, and operational acceptability of the EX 79 MOD O Signal Kit. Tests were also conducted to determine the operational capability of the signal flare and define deficiencies in the present configuration. The packaging method for the flare kit is considered unsuitable. The Kraft aluminum foil overwrap wears through after little use and has more bulk than necessary. Some minor deficiencies were revealed in the pengun which will be easily corrected. The pengun flare kit has extremely high aircrew acceptability and a high percentage preferred to carry the kit in the flight clothing. The cartridges furnished in the kit demonstrated high reliability as not a single failure was recorded out of the hundreds fired during the test. The average burning time for the flares was 3.64 seconds the average altitude as determined by phototheodolite was 275.4 feet. Author