Accession Number : AD0719899

Title :   The Feasibility of A Global Airlift,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA NAVAL WARFARE ANALYSIS GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Weinberg, R. S. ; Higgins, J. W.

Report Date : 05 SEP 1957

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The number of aircraft and amount of fuel needed to airlift U.S. imports and exports are determined in this study for both the full flow of U.S. overseas trade and for the more limited importation of only vital strategic materials. Because the airlifting of cargo and of the aircraft fuel needed to extend the range of the cargo aircraft is not yet feasible, the study considers an operation in which surface tankers haul the fuel for cargo aircraft to those overseas points where needed. Finally, the number of surface ships and the amount of fuel needed to sustain the same lift by sea is developed for comparison with the airlift requirements. Surface transport of airlift fuel is shown to be almost as large a task as surface transport of the cargo involved, and modernization of the merchant fleet appears to be a much less costly way to reduce shipping protection requirements. (Author)

Descriptors :   *AIR TRANSPORTATION, *TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, *MARINE TRANSPORTATION, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, REFUELING, COST EFFECTIVENESS, STATISTICAL DATA, FACTOR ANALYSIS, FUEL CONSUMPTION, HANDLING, AIRCRAFT, SUBSTITUTES, MERCHANT VESSELS.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Transport Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE