Accession Number:

ADA055540

Title:

Aircraft Configurations for High-Speed Ships,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD AVIATION AND SURFACE EFFECTS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

86.0

Abstract:

An analytical study was conducted to establish high-speed ship compatible aircraft configurations and to determine their capabilities and limitations in Navy missions. The study was restricted to subsonic aircraft configurations. The interface problems and design constraints associated with the application of Navy aircraft to high-speed ships were identified. Current aircraft in the Navy inventory and proposed advanced concepts were reviewed for applicability. Three open-ocean scenarios using the high-speed potential of the surface effect ship were postulated, and associated airborne missions were identified and defined. Findings confirm that the high-speed ship offers a number of benefits relative to small air capable ships. Conventional takeoff and landing aircraft can operate from deck lengths less than 600 feet. Short takeoff and landing aircraft can operate efficiently from deck lengths below 200 feet. Vertical takeoff and landing aircraft acquire up to a 50-percent increase in load capability at deck length of 400 feet. Author

Subject Categories:

  • VSTOL
  • Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE