Accession Number : ADB071648

Title :   Alternate T-38 Transparency Development. Part III. Instructor's Windshield.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May 80-Mar 82,

Corporate Author : DAYTON UNIV OH RESEARCH INST

Personal Author(s) : Stenger,Gregory J.

Report Date : JAN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 139

Abstract : The development of a bird impact resistant T-38 instructor's windshield resulted from recent low level mission usage which significantly increases the danger of sustaining a bird impact and has caused concern within the Air Training Command (ATC) over pilot safety and aircraft survivability. The program has established the existing capability of in-service T-38 instructor's windshields and the maximum capability of the modified instructor's windshield frame and support structure which is based on the production hardware. The modification should provide a minimum capability of a four pound bird at 250 knots; twice the velocity (four times the energy) of the existing capability. This report summarizes the development of the modification, highlighting the design philosophy adopted as a result of the need to balance conflicting and restrictive design requirements. (Author)

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT CANOPIES, *WINDSHIELDS, *BIRD STRIKES, *IMPACT POINT, FAILURE(MECHANICS), JET TRAINING AIRCRAFT, TRANSPARENCIES, POLYCARBONATES, LOW LEVEL, PILOTS, INSTRUCTORS, FLIGHT TRAINING, AVIATION ACCIDENTS, AVIATION SAFETY, TEST AND EVALUATION, STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, REINFORCING MATERIALS, CRACKING(FRACTURING), TEST FACILITIES

Subject Categories : Training Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE