Accession Number : ADP003184

Title :   Pyrotechnic Clear Path Egress System for the T-38 Trainer Aircraft,

Corporate Author : SPACE ORDNANCE SYSTEMS INC SAUGUS CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Phillips,S.

Report Date : DEC 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Training for low altitude flying has resulted in the need to upgrade windshield and forward canopy structures to eliminate bird impact related injuries. The existing canopy and structure provides little protection against impact on a four pound bird at 400 knots. The primary T-38 egress system using ballistic gas fo canopy jettison is compatible with the bird resistant canopy requirement. However, the backup modes are incompatible. In these modes the seat/man ejects through the canopy for in-flight egress, with ground egress achieved by piercing the canopy with a weighted blade. This incompatibility has created the need for a safe, reliable pyrotechnic backup system for incorporation with the thicker, stronger bird resistant canopy requirement. However, the backup modes are incompatible. In these modes the seat/man ejects through the canopy for in-flight egress, with ground egress achieved by piercing the canopy with a weighted blade. This incompatibility has created the need for a safe, reliable pyrotechnic backup system for incorporation with the thicker, stronger bird resistant canopy.

Descriptors :   *Windshields, *Aircraft canopies, *Ejection seats, Aircraft equipment, Requirements, Inflight, Ejection, Training aircraft, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE