Report on Location of Armor for Pilot Protection
[Technical Report, Formal Report]
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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This report discusses the development of armored seat type of aircraft armor for protection of pilots summarizing the advantages and disadvantages. On the basis of necessary weight of plating end coverage of the pilot for attacks at angles from the rear the armored seat has important advantages. Experimental information from gun fire tests using rabbits held against armor plate indicates the pilot may lean against his armor in the case of cal. 50 impacts without injury from shock. It is suggested armored seat type of pilot protection should be reconsidered and that in any event the plating used to protect pilots can be advantageously located closer to his normal flight position than the aircraft armor specification, now permit.
- Military Aircraft Operations