Accession Number : ADD008447

Title :   Streamline Afterbody for an Ejection Seat.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Swanson,Douglas E

Report Date : 14 Apr 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The ejection seat on a high performance aircraft is provided with a plurality of inflatable air bags on the back of the seat. The air bags are generally elliptical in cross-section and arranged one above the other in two parallel vertical rows on a supporting pallet attached to the seat back. Suitable gas generators cause the air bags to inflate in sequence top-to-bottom as the seat ejects from the aircraft to produce a rearwardly extending generally streamline afterbody thereby reducing aerodynamic drag and stabilizing the seat with its occupant after emergency ejection. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Afterbodies, *Ejection seats, Streamline shape, Stabilization systems, Bags, Pallets, Inflatable structures, Gas generating systems, Air, Aerodynamic drag, Drag reduction

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE