Survey of Analyses of Combat Data for U. S. Army Aircraft in Southeast Asia
Rept. for 1962-1973
FALCON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CO BALTIMORE MD
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The U. S. Army has sponsored a long-range program to collect and analyze data on aircraft damaged by ground fire in Vietnam. This effort, sustained by contributions from many agencies and teams, culminated in a vast data bank of information concerning U. S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft in combat, the reactions of these aircraft and their systems to ground fire, and the resulting casualties and fatalities. This report surveys the entire program, the analyses performed on the data, the lessons learned from these analyses, and the various payoffs in terms of survivability improvements to both fielded and future aircraft. Recommendations are offered for additional analyses to more fully exploit the data bank.