Estimating the Productivity of Large Transport Aircraft in Army Deployments: A Simplified Method

by William F. Sharpe


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Description of a technique for evaluating the productivity of large transport aircraft in Army deployments. Using results from previous simulations, the method estimates aircraft productivity without requiring additional simulations. This Memorandum provides information on relative productivities of the C-141 and alternative proposed designs for the new large CX-HLS transport. The basic elements of the method are route analysis and loading simulation. For any specified type of deployment, the results from a limited number of cases can be used to derive tables which, together with an aircraft's payload-range curve, allow determination of the minimum fleet-size required for a specified task or, alternatively, of the magnitude of the task a given fleet can perform.

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