Accession Number : ADD003724

Title :   Inflatable Stabilizer/Retarder.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Kleinschmidt,Nick ; Netzer,James V

Report Date : 01 Feb 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : This patent pertains to an extensible aerodynamic stabilizer and retarder apparatus for use on the tail section of free fall weapons. The apparatus replaces the conventional tail fins previously used to stabilize such weapons. The disclosed apparatus is capable of collapsing to a diameter no larger than that of the diameter of the weapon itself. A weapon embodying the present invention can be usable in either of two retarding modes at the option of the aircraft pilot. The stabilizer and retarder comprises a plurality of pivotally attached fin members positioned symmetrically about the aft end of the bomb and connected together at their free ends by a strong flexible material.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *General purpose bombs, *Free fall weapons, *Spin stabilized ammunition, Aerodynamic stability, Flexible materials, Inflatable structures, Bags, Deployment, Aerodynamic drag

Subject Categories : Aerial Bombs

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE