Accession Number : ADD006709

Title :   Launch Lug Retractor Assembly.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Kilmer,LeMoyne L

Report Date : 16 Oct 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : An assembly for retracting missile launch lugs out of the airstream, to reduce aerodynamic drag, after the missile has been launched from an aircraft. The assembly, which is integrated with the missile, includes: an aerodynamically configurated housing; a lug fitting that is positioned within the housing and is movable through an opening in the housing; and a spring, within the housing and attached to the lug fitting and to the housing, for biasing the lug fitting to remain within, or to return into, the housing. Unlike the prior art, the assembly: permits the automatic retraction of the exposed launch lugs after missile launch; does not result in the ejection of any element or component during or after launch, and therefore precludes potential damage to the missile or to the aircraft; and, is adaptable for use in combination with a left-hand or a right-hand missile. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Guided missiles, *Lugs, Air launched, Guided missile launchers, Retractable, Housings, Springs, Aerodynamic drag, Reduction

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Air- and Space-launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE