1967-02-01

The LW-3B Escape System 670577

The LW-3B Escape System was designed for low and medium performance V/STOL aircraft. The recovery capability of the system at speeds less than 200 KEAS, where most ejections from these aircraft occur, exceeds all contemporary escape systems, with the exception of other LW systems, which utilize the same parachute deployment system. This advance in the state of the art was achieved by a arranging a standard, 28 ft personnel parachute so that it is deployed immediately after seat-aircraft separation, thus reducing as much as 3 sec the time from initiation of the escape sequence to full inflation of the recovery parachute.
This paper describes the operation of the two-mode LW-3B Escape System and its development and qualification pro -gram.

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