WRIGHT AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
The purpose of the static and environmental testing conducted on the Aero X61A and Aero X61B bomb racks was to determine the suitability of the bomb racks to function under adverse climatic conditions and , in addition, to determine the capability of the racks to release loads approximating 10,000 lbs. The bomb racks are designed for the release of 2000 lb. stores. Mechanical revisions in the racks were necessitated by the need for a release mechanism capable of releasing the 10,000 lb. load. Redesign recommendations were forwarded to the Douglas Aircraft Company as operational failures in the bomb racks were encountered and analyzed. These failures usually resulted as attempts were made to operate the racks under the higher load condition. It is concluded that the Aero X61B bomb rack, incorporating the design revisions as recommended, is acceptable for Air Force use.