Soft Airfield Tests with F-4 Aircraft
Technical Report,01 May 1981,30 Sep 1981
NEW MEXICO ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST ALBUQUERQUE ALBUQUERQUE United States
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Tests were conducted to investigate the interaction of soil surfaces with the landing gear of F-4E aircraft to validate computer prediction routines. Site selection and soil tests are described. In-place soil tests were conducted, and aircraft ground performance was measured during towed and powered taxi operations. Soil strength was adequate to support the aircraft for the two loadings used. Laboratory tests were performed to further identify the soil strength parameters. Aircraft location while operating on the test area was determined by a ground survey system and a laser tracking system.