Because of the important national defense contribution of large, non-fighter aircraft, rapidly increasing fuel costs and increasing dependence on imported oil have triggered significant interest in increased aircraft engine efficiency by the U.S. Air Force. To help address this need, the Air Force asked the National Research Council (NRC) to examine and assess technical options for improving engine efficiency of all large non-fighter aircraft under Air Force command. This report presents a review of current Air Force fuel consumption patterns; an analysis of previous programs designed to replace aircraft engines; an examination of proposed engine modifications; an assessment of the potential impact of alternative fuels and engine science and technology programs, and an analysis of costs and funding requirements.
Table of Contents
|2 Selection of Candidates||18-25|
|3 Proposed Engine Modifications and Re-engining||26-39|
|4 TF33 Series Powered Aircraft||40-54|
|5 Recurring and Nonrecurring Cost Estimations||55-68|
|6 Other Considerations||69-86|
|7 Alternative Fuels||87-95|
|8 Technology Preparedness and Insertion||96-105|
|9 Acquisition, Financing, and Support||106-122|
|Appendix A Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||123-132|
|Appendix B Meetings and Speakers||133-137|
|Appendix C Key Recommendations from Previous Studies||138-151|
|Appendix D Background Information on Re-engining Requirements||152-158|
|Appendix E Background Information on Lessons Learned from Previous Re-engining Programs||159-164|
|Appendix F Background Information on Re-engining the C-130||165-168|
|Appendix G Sensitivity Analysis||169-176|
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