Cover: Aircraft Compartment Design Criteria for the Army Deployment Mission

Aircraft Compartment Design Criteria for the Army Deployment Mission

Published 1960

by William F. Sharpe


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An examination 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. When this planning factor was applied to the payload-range curves of aircraft in service in 1960, revised curves resulted. While the adjustment imposed only a minor change in the curve for the C-124, a significant reduction was indicated in the capability of both the C-130 and C-133. (Published in abridged version as P-2082.)

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