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Record 36 of 1771
Thunderstorm hazards flight research - Program overview
Author and Affiliation:
Deal, P. L.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States)
Keyser, G. L.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States)
Fisher, B. D.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States)
Crabill, N. L.(NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States)
Abstract: The NASA thunderstorm hazards research program, designed to study the effects of lightning strikes on the design and operation of aircraft, is described. An all-weather F-106B is instrumented to document the EM characteristics of direct and nearby strikes, measure the field parameters and analyze the ambient atmospheric content, and film the strikes; X-ray detectors are also on board, along with instrumentation for determining the frequency of visible light waveforms. Data is either recorded on-board or sent by telemetry to base, while ground based telemetry is used to direct the pilot and craft into regions of optimal lightning activity. The sensing apparatus is described, and ongoing programs to correlate different storm parameters are reviewed, along with operational procedures and safety precautions. Continued use of the craft through 152 storms and 16 direct hits, with no fatalities or circuit breaker throw, confirms the ability of metal skinned aircraft to withstand lightning strikes; data gathered from flights during 1980 are provided.
Publication Date: Nov 01, 1981
Document ID:
19820030318
(Acquired Nov 30, 1995)
Accession Number: 82A13853
Subject Category: AIR TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY
Report/Patent Number: AIAA PAPER 81-2412
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publisher Information: United States
Meeting Information: Flight Testing Conference; 1st; Nov. 11-13, 1981; Las Vegas, NV
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA, United States
Description: 11p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: AIRCRAFT DESIGN; F-106 AIRCRAFT; FLIGHT HAZARDS; LIGHTNING; METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH AIRCRAFT; THUNDERSTORMS; ELECTROMAGNETIC PROPERTIES; METAL SURFACES; WAVEFORMS; X RAYS
Imprint And Other Notes: AIAA, SETP, SFTE, SAE, ITEA, and IEEE, Flight Testing Conference, 1st, Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 11-13, 1981, AIAA 11 p.
Availability Source: Other Sources
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