AIR CUSHION LANDING GEAR FEASIBILITY STUDY
Final technical rept. Feb 1966-Mar 1967
BELL AEROSYSTEMS CO BUFFALO NY
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The report describes the air cushion landing gear system concept. The objective is to provide an improved tolerance to the takeoff and landing maneuver and environment with no compromise of flight performance. The study considers test application to a C-119 aircraft alternative configurations are considered and a single main cushion beneath the fuselage is recommended. Analysis of takeoff and landing wind tunnel model tests conducted over a moving ground and of a large scale elastic trunk model is included. It is concluded that system basic feasibility is established.
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