Accession Number : ADP003215

Title :   USAF Aircraft Windshield/Canopy Bird Strikes,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE ENGINEERING AND SERVICES CENTER TYNDALL AFB FL

Personal Author(s) : Kull,R. C.

Report Date : DEC 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The United States Air Force loses millions of dollars due to bird strikes each year. The most serious damage to the aircraft and injury to the pilot occurs when birds penetrate the windshield/canopy system. The Air Force Bird/Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) Team has recorded over 1000 bird strikes on windshields and canopies since 1975. With this extensive amount of data, trends have been found relating to the types of aircraft, phases of flight, and types of birds most vulnerable to being involved in a serious windshield/canopy strike. This report discusses these trends, as well as the types of birds encountered and focuses on F-4 and F-16 weapon systems.

Descriptors :   *Windshields, *Aircraft canopies, *Bird strikes, Aircraft equipment, Air Force, Damage, Fighter aircraft, Statistical data, Birds, Sizes(Dimensions), Symposia, Hazards

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE