Performance of the Dual BAK-12 Aircraft Arresting System with Modular Hardware with Deadloads and Aircraft
Final rept. 22 May 1973-30 Jan 1976
NAVAL AIR TEST FACILITY LAKEHURST NJ
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Seventy-four deadload arrestments were conducted using BAK-12E32A aircraft-Arresting Systems in the Single-System, Dual-System, Single-Mode, and Dual-Mode configurations. Tests were conducted to determine the feasibility of incorporating modular hardware on a Dual BAK-12E32A Aircraft Arresting System which would enable the system to arrest all present United States Air Force hook-equipped aircraft. Baseline data was first generated for Single and Dual BAK-12E32A Arresting-System configurations. This data served to provide a valid comparison with data obtained from arrestments conducted into a Dual BAK-12E32A Arresting System with modular hardware installed. Fourteen A-4 aircraft arrestments were conducted into a Single BAK-12 Aircraft Arresting System and nine A-4 aircraft arrestments were conducted into a Dual BAK-12 Aircraft Arresting System configured for Dual-Mode operations. The results obtained from these tests served as a comparative basis for similar arrestments conducted into the Dual BAK-12 Arresting System configured for Single-Mode operations. Sixty- seven aircraft arrestments were conducted into a Dual BAK-12E32A Aircraft Arresting System configured for Single-Mode operations to determine aircraft performance. The results of aircraft performance derived from this program will be used in the compilation of information necessary to establish an Aircraft Recovery Bulletin. During all test events, the modular hardware functioned as designed by reducing the maximum aircraft-hook axial loads that occur in the frictional region of the arrestments.
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