Proposal for Static Test of B-36B and B-36C Fuselages
GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP FORT WORTH TX
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A report is given on the feasibility of conducting static tests on a portion of the fuselage of the B-36B and C bomber to prove the structural integrity of the aircraft for large bombs and the VDT engine installation. The truss tubes, the side shear panels, and the lower longerons have been considered individually in order to determine the portion of the bomb bay region that would be most representative and thereby prove the structural integrity of the entire region. A general plan for the testing and test set up has been developed and is discussed. Data from the B-36A bomber static test program will be used wherever possible as substantiation of the B-36B and C structures.