DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, FABRICATION, AND TESTING OF SMALL AND LARGE LOAD-BEARING PALLETS FOR THE CH-54 'FLYING CRANE' HELICOPTER
BROOKS AND PERKINS INC DETROIT MI
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The CH-54A helicopters load-bearing capability was limited to loads which had the structural integrity to be suspended by slings or could be carried in pods suspended underneath the helicopter. The operation of the helicopter with these loads was limited to fair weather. To increase the load-bearing capability of the helicopter in fair weather and to permit operation in inclement weather, small and large load-bearing pallets which can be suspended from the helicopter were designed and developed. The results of tests performed indicated that the use of these load-bearing pallets enables the helicopter to carry loads which are bulky andor do not possess the structural integrity to be suspended by slings from the helicopter.