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Title: Operational evaluation of the SK-5 air cushion vehicle in Alaska
Authors: United States. Army Research Office.
Liston, R. A. (Ronald A.)
Keywords: Air cushion vehicles
Ground effect machines
Operational evaluation
Surface effect vehicles
Cold weather conditions
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 243.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This report discusses the evaluation of the SK-5 air cushion vehicle, manufactured by the Bell Aerospace Company, during operations on terrain typical of central Alaska. The intent of the evaluation was to consider the SK-5 as representative of the state of the art rather than as a candidate for a specific military role in Alaska. The study included tests to: determine slope-climbing ability; measure skirt drag; identify maneuverability as a function of surface conditions; determine air flow characteristics through the gap between the skirt and ground; and to identify the change in cushion pressure as a function of obstacle geometry. The test procedures and results are discussed. Conclusions for each test are drawn as is an overall conclusion concerning the potential value of air cushion vehicles in helping to solve Alaskan transportation problems.
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