Accession Number:

ADA533889

Title:

Understanding Airfield Capability for Airlift Operations

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1998-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

154.0

Abstract:

What is the capacity of an airfield-how many aircraft can it service in a day The realistic answer must be, It depends. It depends on the usability of different areas of the airfield for parking different types of aircraft, on the changing mix of cargoes the aircraft carry and, hence, the times needed to on-load or off-load, on the distances from the previous airfield and to the next airfield and, hence, the fuel needed, on whether transiting aircraft make quick stops or need extended ground time e.g., for crew rest, on whether the airfield operates with peacetime levels of manning and equipment or is augmented with additional resources, and on many other factors. Moreover, as an airfield services more of one type of aircraft, the fewer aircraft of other types it can handle. Thus, an airfields capacity is not a single number but a set of numbers.

Subject Categories:

  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE