Accession Number : ADD005480

Title :   Catapult Restraint/Release System.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Holt, Lloyd J ; Panlaqui, Clayton E

Report Date : 01 Aug 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Apparatus for restraining an aircraft against the combined forces of a catapult launching shuttle and aircraft takeoff power during a catapult assisted takeoff until a predetermined combined force level has been reached is described. Release of the aircraft is triggered by the relative movement of a central piston within a housing which causes disengagement of gripping lugs from a tensile bar attached to the aircraft. The relative movement is enabled by the compressibility of hydraulic oil confined within the apparatus and loaded by the combined forces.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *CATAPULTS, *TAKEOFF, *AIRCRAFT, *RESTRAINT, *RELEASE MECHANISMS, AIRCRAFT CARRIERS, LAUNCHING, REUSABLE EQUIPMENT

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE