Aircraft Compartment Design Criteria for the Army Deployment Mission

by William F. Sharpe


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An abridged version of an examination (RM-2566) of U.S. cargo airlift capability in connection with the Army deployment mission. The bulk of Army deployment cargo is vehicular, unlike the small units typical of peacetime cargo. As of 1960, cargo floor area (square footage), not payload capacity (weight), was the major limiting factor on many operational and planned air carriers of Army vehicles and other equipment. The analysis shows that because of the space limitation, an average of 51 lb of deployment cargo could be loaded per square foot of aircraft floor area.

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