Evaluation of the 44B-2E Aircraft Arresting System with Deadloads and the F-14 Aircraft
Final rept. 16 Jul 1975-24 Feb 1976
NAVAL AIR TEST FACILITY LAKEHURST NJ
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The NAVAIRTESTFAC was directed to evaluate the 44B-2E aircraft arresting system with deadloads and the F-14 aircraft. The test program was conducted at the request of the Iranian Government in order that the IIAF imperial Iranian Air Force may place a measure of confidence in the ability of the 44B-2E arresting system to safely arrest the F-14 aircraft. Twenty ON-CENTER arrestments of 57,400- and 70,300-pound deadloads were conducted for the purpose of determining the performance characteristics of the system. Thirty-eight ON- and OFF-CENTER arrestments of lightweight 54,200- to 57,900-pound and heavyweight 68,100- to 70,000-pound F-14 aircraft were conducted for two purposes to establish the compatibility between the F-14 aircraft and the 44B- 2E arresting system, and to establish the suitability of a modified sharp toe F-14A aircraft arresting-hook point. The results of the tests show that the 44B- 2E arresting system is capable of ON-CENTER and up to 25-foot OFF-CENTER arrestments of the F-14 aircraft at the field landing weight range of 54,200 to 57,900 pounds and the aborted takeoff weight range of 68,100 to 70,000 pounds at engaging speeds up to 135 and 126 knots respectively. Also, the modified sharp toe hook point is considered acceptable.
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