Design of Repair of Battle-Damaged Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Educational note no. 13
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO DEPT OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS
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Damaged aircraft, be it battle damage or by some other cause, in a deployed theater of operations fall into one of several distinct categories of repair. Within these categories, there are a number of options to include temporary or partial-capability repairs, the unique realm of aircraft battle damage repair. Specialty repair shops, such as metals fabrication or hydraulics, can assist in implementing a wide-range of permanent, full-capability repairs by creating replacement parts in accordance with manufacturing drawings. Generally, aircraft battle damage repairs neglect durability design criteria such as corrosion and fatigue resistance in favor of repair expediency. Special repair considerations are made with respect to fighterattack aircraft due to their unique mission and smaller design tolerances.
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