C-130 Landings on XM-18B Landing Mat, Oak Grove Auxiliary Air Field, North Carolina.
Final rept. Feb-May 73,
AIR FORCE WEAPONS LAB KIRTLAND AFB N MEX
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During March and April 1973, a large number of C-130 aircraft operations were conducted on an XM-18B landing-mat runway at Oak Grove Auxiliary Air Field, North Carolina. Detailed measurements were made to determine the lateral and longitudinal movement of the mat at the conclusion of each days operations. The methods used to make these measurements, the data collected, an analysis of the data and recommendations for future efforts to measure landing-mat movement are presented. Although there were no landing-mat failures at Oak Grove AAF, the 60-by-3500-foot runway did move as much as 13 inches. Transverse bowing, vertical movement, and random lateral shifting were observed and documented. Author
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