Accession Number:

ADA134769

Title:

Range Enhancement Equations for Various Refueling Options.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1982-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

69.0

Abstract:

This document presents a series of simplified equations and numerical calculations indicating the magnitude of range augmentation or, equivalently, payload enhancement for a fixed range that refueling by tankers can provide long range combat aircraft LRCA. The treatment is theoretical and should apply to LRCAs of various design. Examined are several refueling conditions, including two pre-fueling tactics for the tanker and two post-fueling tactics for the tanker. In addition, the author considers both pre- and post-strike refueling for the LRCA, and indicates the potential advantages in range enhancement derived from dropping the payload along the LRCAs flight path. Finally, for analytic convenience, most of the derivations and calculations assume that the LRCA and tanker are equal-size, being derived from the same basic airframe and engine. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Transport Aircraft
  • Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE