Feasibility and Conceptual Design Study to Add a Deadload Test Capability to the Aircraft Arresting System Complex at Edwards Air Force Base.
Final rept. Feb-Sep 70,
ALL AMERICAN ENGINEERING CO WILMINGTON DE
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A feasibility and design study was conducted to provide design requirements and cost estimates for a proposed expansion of the existing Air Force capability for testing aircraft arresting systems and hooks at the Air Force Flight Test Center AFFTC Arresting Systems Test Complex. There is no facility within the Department of Defense or industry other than the AFFTC which is capable of being expanded at minimal cost to satisfy the high speed, heavy weight test requirements which must be met during the next decade. A requirement now exists for the development and subsequent testing of one or more high energy arresting gear systems capable of arresting aircraft at engaging speeds of 235 knots. The primary purpose of this study is to define facility requirements and a safe method of testing and evaluating high energy arresting gear systems between the presently obtainable 170 knots and the required 235 knots. This study proposes the use of unmanned test vehicles, called deadloads, to be used above the speed range considered safe for live, manned aircraft test operations, and a facility with a total energy capability 10 to 12 times the capability of any existing facility in this country.
- Terminal Flight Facilities
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods