Operation REDWING -- Project 5.2. In-Flight Participation of a B-52.
Rept. for May-Jul 56,
BOEING AIRPLANE GROUP SEATTLE WASH
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The primary objective of this Project was to obtain measured-energy input and aircraft-response data on an instrumented B-52 aircraft when subjected to the thermal, blast, and gust effects of a nuclear explosion. To accomplish this, analysis was used in selecting the spatial location for the B-52, relative to a detonation, that would result in the desired aircraft inputs and responses. The B-52 was extensively instrumented with the major portion of the instrumentation devoted to measuring aircraft responses. The B-52 participated in nine shots, including one shot which the aircraft aborted just prior to time zero because of Bombing Navigation System difficulties. The reliability of the instrumentation system was between 95 percent and 100 percent throughout the test program.