Accession Number : ADD012815

Title :   Large Capacity Tow/Release Apparatus.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Minnich,Basil H , II

Report Date : 24 Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : A tow/release mechanism or towplate usuable inter alia for controlling the initiation of a parachute extraction sequence in a cargo carrying aircraft-including operation capability while loaded with forces in the range of 70,000 lbs. The disclosed mechanism includes in-floor mounting, magnetic armed indication, and high structural integrity. Low-friction bearings are excluded from the mechanism, while compatibility with existing equipment parachute links, and use of hydraulic actuation are included. The disclosed mechanism is incorporable in plural locations in the rearward portion of an aircraft and usable with either high altitude parachute cargo extraction or low altitude parachute extraction or low altitude parachute extraction systems (LAPES); a typical LAPES sequence is also disclosed.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *RELEASE MECHANISMS, *CARGO PARACHUTES, AIRCRAFT, CARGO, EXTRACTION, HIGH RELIABILITY, HYDRAULIC ACTUATORS, LOW ALTITUDE, PARACHUTES, SEQUENCES, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, HIGH ALTITUDE, REMOTE CONTROL

Subject Categories : Gliders and Parachutes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE