Epidemiology of Battle-Damaged Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Educational note no. 2
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO DEPT OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS
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Battle damage is a natural side effect of armed conflict. History shows the prevalence of aircraft battle damage varies based on the nature of the conflict. Aircraft battle damage repair allows an aircraft fleet to remain viable while remaining engaged in the conflict at hand. The US Air Forces experience with aircraft battle damage and aircraft battle damage repair dates back to World War II and has seen a number of changes to affected aircraft populations during subsequent lesser conflicts. The Israeli Air Force and British Royal Air Force also have a distinct history with aircraft battle damage leading them to their own unique approaches to ABDR. Recent US battle damage data reflects how the nature of a conflict can affect battle damage symptoms and populations.
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