Air Cargo Handling - Associated Ground Support Equipment 650207

Ground support equipment for the DC-8F jet freighter has been developed using a complete analysis of air freight processing on the ground, as well as a study of functional requirements for handling of pallets.
A systems approach for total dock-to-air-to-dock was employed by United Air Lines to assure speed and efficiency in handling expensive jet aircraft on the ground. This paper covers some of the statistical findings of air freight characteristics and the development of unique ground equipment using “off-the-shelf” component parts, assembled to load and unload 10,000 lb pallets in less than 1.5 minutes each.
A description of the O'Hare air freight terminal, which handles more than 20,000,000 lb per month, is included to provide an understanding of total air freight handling procedures.


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