LACV-30 Pre-Delivery Water Test Program.
Final technical rept. Mar-Nov 75,
BELL AEROSPACE TEXTRON BUFFALO N Y
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A limited over water test program was conducted on the LACV-30-1 craft prior to its planned delivery to the U.S. Army for Acceptance Tests. The objectives of these tests were to provide for the initial shakedown of the craft and subsystems and to establish the basic performance characterictics and compatibility of the craft with its water environment. To accomplish these objectives, check-out test and over water handling quality, performance and miscellaneous tests were planned. These tests were conducted on Lake Huron at the Bell Aerospace Textron Facility at Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada, during the period from October 16 to October 28, 1975. Tests were made in all of the planned categories although the number made in some cases was less than planned due to normal craft shakedown problems. The results of these tests showed that the craft handled well but that the performance was not as good as predicted. This was due primarily to larger than expected leakage at the stern trunk intersections with the side trunk and lingitudinal keel that existed on the craft at the time of the tests. The stern seal has since been modified to alleviate this problem. Author
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