Ramp Toe Stowage System.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C
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The invention relates to a structural system for capturing, supporting, and releasably securing a tail ramp toe of an aircraft, while the aircraft is either on the ground or in flight. The preferred embodiment of the ramp tow stowage system is adapted for use with a cargo aircraft having a downwardly and outwardly opening tail ramp, with at least one ramp toe removably attached to it and, an upwardly and inwardly opening tail door that is complementary to, and aft of, the tail ramp, with the tail door having an internal surface. The stowage system is located over, and is attached to, the internal surface of the tail door, and includes two horizontally positioned tracks that accept complementary guide rollers which are on the side edges of the ramp toe, near the known center of gravity of the toe. Unlike the prior art, the system requires only one man to stow the ramp toe, or to release it from stowage, even while the aircraft is in flight.
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