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Rapid Site Preparation Research for VTOL Aircraft

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2 Author(s)
A. Vasiloff ; Support Techniques Branch Flight Accessories Laboratory Aeronautical Systems Division Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio ; F. W. Forbes

The advent of VTOL aerospace vehicles has imposed a serious problem on ground support organizations, that is, to develop a technique for rapidly preparing previously unprepared remote landing sites for VTOL aircraft. This paper summarizes background investigations and the current in-house research conducted by the Air Force for the formulation of rapid site preparation concepts. A J-85 jet engine with afterburner was mounted in a test rig so that it could be run in a vertical position to simulate actual VTOL landing and take-off exhaust effects. Tests were conducted on organic materials, rapid setting cements, and metallic mats. Temperature and static pressures were recorded. It was found that certain materials could resist 2,400°F temperature for short periods of time; debris ingestion into engine would be a problem for VTOL aircraft; and application procedures for these materials are in need of further development.

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IEEE Transactions on Aerospace  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 2 )