Operational Evaluation of the SK-5 Air Cushion Vehicle in Alaska.
COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H
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The report discusses the evaluation of the SK-5 air cushion vehicle, during operations on terrain typical of central Alaska. The intent of the evaluation was to consider the SK-5 as representative of the state of the art rather than as a candidate for a specific military role in Alaska. The study included tests to determine slope-climbing ability measure skirt drag identify maneuverability as a function of surface conditions determine air flow characteristics through the gap between the skirt and ground and to identify the change in cushion pressure as a function of obstacle geometry. The test procedures and results are discussed. Conclusions for each test are drawn as is an overall conclusion concerning the potential value of air cushion vehicles in helping to solve Alaskan transportation problems. Author
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles