ONE-MAN INSULATED LIFE RAFT.
Final rept. 1 Jul-14 Aug 67,
TACTICAL AIRLIFT CENTER POPE AFB NC
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This test determined in a salt-water environment the manufacturing quality, suitability, performance, compatibility, and durability of the one-man insulated life raft. The raft endured well during a series of inspections and repacks. Inflation tests showed canopy and floor welds separate easily. When packed in a survival kit, the raft does not inflate uncontrollably at altitude. The deployment of the raft during all phases of bailout and descent were normal. The durability test concluded the raft was durable. The raft produces a sailing effect when subjected to helicopters downwash and is less stable than current life rafts. The raft is compatible with TAC survival kits. It is recommended that the One-Man Insulated Life Raft be procured as a replacement for the LRU-4P and -5P rafts when existing deficiencies have been corrected. Author
- Escape, Rescue and Survival