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    Mobile Field Testing of Missiles and Aircraft

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    To maintain product reliability and dependability in missiles and jet transports, the Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., is engaged in an extensive field-testing program. In this, nondestructive testing plays an important role. A fully equipped mobile nondestructive test laboratory was purchased to permit field testing with a greater degree of efficiency. The nondestructive test group at Santa Monica, Calif., has long been engaged in assisting customers in solving various problems pertaining to airframe structure. Nondestructive tests in the field usually required the transporting of equipment and personnel from the Santa Monica location. The customers have been encouraged to purchase nondestructive test equipment, and tests, techniques, and results were forwarded to the company's service department. A radiographic inspection manual was distributed to all customers operating DC-6 and DC-7 aircraft. As further information is developed, it is entered in the master manual, and copies are distributed to all bookholders so that techniques are kept up to date. If the customer cannot handle a problem, it is presented to the nondestructive test group at Santa Monica. This method proved so effective on aircraft in service that it was decided to make it part of the field test program.

    Author Information:

    Barath, A.
    Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., Santa Monica, Calif.

    Hagemaier, D. J.
    Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc., Santa Monica, Calif.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E07.06

    DOI: 10.1520/STP46354S