Evaluation of Aircraft Landing Gear Ground Flotation Characteristics for Operation from Unsurfaced Soil Airfields
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH DEPUTY FOR ENGINEERING
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This report presents a theoretical method of evaluating aircraft landing gear ground flotation characteristics on unsurfaced soil airfields. Equations developed in AFFDL-TR-66-43, Part I, Aircraft Ground Flotation Investigation, form the basis for the method used in this report. It contains a list of definitions of terms used in regard to ground flotation within ASD and presents a method of evaluating the ground flotation characteristics and capabilities of aircraft to operate from unsurfaced soil airfields. The method presented is relatively straightforward and is applicable to most aircraft having conventional landing gear configurations. A sample calculation is also presented.