Military Potential Test of the Helicopter Rotor Blade Erosion-Preventive Kits.
ARMY AVIATION TEST BOARD FORT RUCKER ALA
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The Polyurethane, Neoprene, and Estane shoes were applied on the main rotor blades of UH-1 helicopters operated at Ft. Benning, Ga., Ft. Rucker, Ala., and Operation Desert Strike. It was concluded that, because of the effects of rain on the shoes, none of the kits possess military potential for use in tropic and temperate areas however, data indicate that they possess military potential in arid areas. None of the kits is suitable for installation or removal at the organizational level. It was recommended that research continue until suitable material is found for the elimination of the rotor-blade erosive problems in all environments.