Accession Number : ADD007204

Title :   Universal Tow Target Adapter.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Costantino,G ; Carroll,D

Report Date : 01 Apr 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : This invention relates to a reel launcher having a saddle operationally deployable beneath an aircraft for carrying and towing an aerial tow target. The tow target is connected to the tow cable by an adapter which includes a notch for registration with a latch in the launcher. The adapter includes a nose section and one of a plurality of end fittings specially formed to engage a corresponding connection in different tow targets. The length of the adapter is adjustable by a threaded connection between the nose section and the end fitting which may be locked with the notch in proper alignment by a slot, key and notch arrangement between the two ends. Thus, a single nose section operable with a launcher may be used with different end fittings and tow targets with no other modifications. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Adapters, *Towing cables, Cable reels, Latches, Towed targets, Aerial targets, Launchers, Towing planes, Fittings

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE