Many of the aircraft that form the backbone of the U.S. Air Force operational fleet are 25 years old or older. A few of these will be replaced with new aircraft, but many are expected to remain in service an additional 25 years or more. This book provides a strategy to address the technical needs and priorities associated with the Air Force's aging airframe structures. It includes a detailed summary of the structural status of the aging force, identification of key technical issues, recommendations for near-term engineering and management actions, and prioritized near-term and long-term research recommendations.
National Research Council. 1997. Aging of U.S. Air Force Aircraft: Final Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/5917.
|Part I Problem Definition and Status of the Aging Force||9-34|
|Part II Recommended Strategy and Opportunities for Near-Term and Long-Term Research||35-78|
|Appendix A: Synopses of Air Force Aging Aircraft Structural Histories||85-110|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||111-112|
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