Accession Number : ADD010258

Title :   Aerial Refuel Floodlight.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Korski, Victor E

Report Date : 19 Apr 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : An aerial refuel floodlight capable of being mounted on the leading edge of a vertical stabilizer in a receiver aircraft utilized for in flight refueling. The aerial refuel floodlight is of a projectile-shape having a lamp mounted therein. Surrounding the lamp is a cone-shaped reflecting element terminating in a hemispherically-shaped reflecting element which directs light emanating from said lamp through an off-axis lens mounted adjacent thereto. A scoop-shaped reflector situated adjacent the lens and in the upper part of the fixture directs the magnified light onto the fuselage of the receiver aircraft adjacent to and including the refuel receptacle. The location of the aerial refuel floodlight on the vertical stabilizer causes the refueling boom to cast a shadow on the fuselage of the aircraft being refueled to give the boom operator a means for estimating position and distance between the extended boom and the refuel receptacle while simultaneously eliminating substantial amounts of glare from the fuselage of the aircraft.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *REFUELING IN FLIGHT, *FLOODLIGHTS, MOUNTS, LEADING EDGES, ILLUMINATION, BOOMS(EQUIPMENT), METHODOLOGY, INVENTIONS

Subject Categories : Air Condition, Heating, Lighting & Ventilating
      Military Aircraft Operations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE