Encyclopedia of US Air Force aircraft and missile systems

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Page 223 - An extensive program of electric-arc air heater development has been carried on at the Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the past few years as a result of the urgent need for high- temperature aerodynamic and structural test facilities.
Page iii - Advisory Committee (As of September 1975) Dr. IB Holley, Jr. Duke University Lt. Gen. James R. Allen Superintendent, USAF Academy Dr. Robert F. Byrnes Indiana University Lt. Gen. Albert P. Clark USAF (ret.) Lt. Gen. Raymond B. Furlong Commander, Air University Dr. Henry F. Graff Columbia University Dr.
Page 79 - ... F-86Ls went to the Royal Thai Air Force. PROGRAM RECAP The Air Force accepted 6,353 F-86s (all models included), 5,893 of them for its own use and 460 ordered into production for MDAP. A breakdown of the USAF F-86 total showed 3 experimental and prototype F-86As, 554 F-86As, 393 F-86Es, 1,959 F-86Fs, 2 YF86Hs, 473 F-86Hs, 2 YF-86Ds, and 2,504 F-86Ds (all F-86Ls being converted F-86Ds). The MDAP count was 60 F-86Es, 280 F-86Fs, and 120 F-86Ks.
Page 101 - Decision 14 October 1948 One week after re-endorsing continued development of the Northrop F-89,1 the Air Force directed production of the two-place, radar-equipped F-80 (christened F-94 in 1949). Two major factors prompted the decision. The North American F-82 (the only "allweather interceptor" available) was highly unsatisfactory.2 Moreover, operational integration of its replacement would probably be delayed, since the F-89 was an entirely new design. Initial Procurement January 1949 Secretary...
Page 137 - One G is the measure or value of the gravitational pull of the earth or of a force required to accelerate or decelerate at the rate of 32.16 feet per second per second any free moving body.
Page 81 - States on the basis of area defense and point defense, as well as the criterion of an arbitrary range limitation. Area and point defense systems cannot be defined with precision. Area defense involves the concept of locating defense units to intercept enemy attacks remote from and without reference to individual vital installations, industrial complexes or population centers.
Page 163 - Accelerated production of a combat-ready, fully tested weapon system was planned for December 1955 — almost 2 years later than first anticipated. First Flight (Prototype) 24 October 1953 The first YF-102A, flown from Edwards AFB in October 1953, 5 The area-rule concept of aircraft design (that interference drag at transonic speed depends almost entirely on the distribution of the aircraft's total crosssectional area along the direction of flight) was verified during December 1952 by Richard T....
Page 26 - Prototype Acceptances 1947 The AAF took delivery of its 15 YP-84As in February. Aside from a more powerful engine, the prototype aircraft also differed from the first two experimental planes by having provisions for wing-tip fuel tanks, and by mounting six .50-inch M2 machineguns — four in the upper front fuselage and two in the wings. F-84B First Production Deliveries 1947 The P-84Bs began reaching the AAF in the summer of 1947. The first P-84B productions were virtually the same as the YP-84A...
Page 65 - NA-187 and -203 Previous Model Series F-86F New Features General Electric J73 turbojet (substantially more powerful than the F-86F's J47-GE-27 engine), deeper fuselage, larger intake duct, greater fuel capacity, larger tail-plane without dihedral, electrically-operated flaps, hydraulically-operated speed brakes and controls, heavier landing gear, improved suspension and release mechanism for carrying droppable wing tanks in conjunction with bombs and rockets. Clamshell-type canopy (similar to that...
Page 226 - Phoenix missile system had also been signed by the Navy and the Hughes Aircraft Company. 7 The 15 October roll-out ceremonies prompted Secretary McNamara to remark: ". . . the Air Force, the Navy, and General Dynamics and its subcontractors . . . have produced a plane which will fly faster at any altitude than our best current fighter — a plane with several times the payload and twice the range of any previous fighter-bomber. One F-lll will have the fire power of five World War II flying fortresses.

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