Effect of cargo characteristics on routine airlift operations.

by Anthony H. Pascal

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A description of a technique for investigating the relationship between the efficiency of the peacetime intercontinental air-cargo system and various policy constraints on airlift. The results of two applications of the technique are also presented. The author concludes that the C-141 and C-135, in addition to their wartime uses, are efficient peacetime air-transport vehicles when used in conjunction with the commercially operated DC-7F and CL-44. The study shows how the reduction of warehouse time and the switching of priority systems affect the number of aircraft trips required for handling a given task, and compares "call" contracting with fixed-schedule contracting for commercial airlift.

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