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Development of the Nose Radome Container for Combat Talon II CNU 469/E.

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Final rept. 6 Jan 93-May 95,

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The Air Force Packaging Technology and Engineering Facility AFPTEF provided engineering support to the Combat Talon II CTII program. CTII is a modified C-i 30 aircraft designed for special operations. Through 1993 and 1994 calendar years, AFPThF supported the CTII program by developing an overseas shipping and storage container for the nose radome. The shipping container provided by the prime contractor of the nose radome processed several handling problems. The container, an oversized wooden container, only allowed the nose radome to be shipped by surface vehicles, ships, or C- 5 aircraft. The CII required access to remote operation locations not accessible by any of these modes of transportation. Removal of the nose radome from the container required eight personnel and a minimum of four hours. Lag bolts used for securing the container to the floor at times had to be cut to open the container. The nose radome, mounted in a vertical position, had to be rotated into a horizontal position to be placed on the C-130 aircraft. In order to accomplish this task, the nose radome had to be physically rotated onto a mattress that protected the nose radome from being scratched. Then the nose radome was transferred to a handling pallet by hand. The handling pallet held the nose radome while the damaged nose radome was removed from the aircraft and placed on another handling pallet. The damaged-nose radome was placed back into the container in a similar fashion. The AFPTEF container developed is a pressure treated lumber design with an aluminum structural frame to support the nose radome, in a horizontal position, during shipping and storage. The container also houses two aluminum pallets for handling the nose radome.

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  • Transport Aircraft
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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