A cartridge-actuated device was developed to unlock the canopy as part of the emergency escape system of the F-104A and C series aircraft. An existing device, the T25 thruster, was first tested against the load condition in the F-104A and found to be marginal. It was subsequently modified to provide greater thrust, and the modified thruster was designated Trhuster, Cartridge Actuated, XM13. The XM13 thruster was developed further to provide sufficient thrust to unlock the canopy in the F-104B and D series aircraft. The results of the qualification test program showed that thrust and pressure measurements satisfied the requirements of the Air Force work statement. Author
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