Tests of the Bell Aerospace LA-4 ACLS Fitted with Suction Braking and Predictions for Other Aircraft
Final rept. Jan-May 1975
BELL AEROSPACE TEXTRON BUFFALO NY
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A test program was conducted by Textrons Bell Aerospace Company, using their air cushion landing system ACLS equipped Lake LA-4 aircraft to investigate the potential of a suction braking ACLS subsystem. The new braking subsystem was tried on dry and wet runway and rough grass. Deceleration up to 0.5g was recorded with the suction flow available. The potential of a developed system applied to a cushion planform designed to utilize suction braking exceeds this range, and the report predicts effective potential application to the C-130, Jindivik, and XC-8A.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles