1969-02-01

Application of Glass Reinforced Plastic Molding Compounds in the OV-10A Airplane 690342

Glass reinforced plastic molding compounds have demonstrated functional reliability with significant cost savings in certain portions of the OV-10A aircraft. New applications of these materials could form the foundation for revolutionary changes in aircraft construction. These materials, formulated of fiber reinforcements and thermosetting plastic resin binders, are currently in use in many nonstructural portions of military and commercial aircraft. Development of new higher strength reinforcing fibers and resin systems offers the promise of widespread use of die molded plastics throughout all portions of flight vehicles, including structural components.

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