Accession Number:

AD1116794

Title:

Trends in U.S. Air Force Aircraft Mishap Rates (1950-2018)

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States

Report Date:

2020-01-01

Abstract:

The U.S. Air Forces aircraft inventory is old and getting older. Aircraft, such as the B-52 and KC-135, were designed and manufactured more than 60 years ago but remain critical elements of the Air Forces force structure. At the same time, newer aircraft, such as the F-22 and RQ-4, rely on more-complex technologies, materials, and software, potentially creating new operational and sustainment challenges. The aging of certain fleets and increasing complexity of newer military aircraft, coupled with continued overseas operations and a fluctuating budget environment, have led some to worry that the Air Forces inventory is likely to be more prone to incidents that result in a loss of aircraft or, worse, life. These concerns were elevated following a March 15, 2018, HH-60 loss in Iraq that resulted in seven fatalities and a May 2, 2018, WC-130 loss in Savannah, Georgia, that resulted in nine fatalities and contributed to Congress establishing the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety as part of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Pages:

0016

Communities Of Interest:

Distribution Statement:

Approved For Public Release;

Contract Number:

FA7014-16-D-1000

File Size:

0.30MB