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By Thomas Withington

The B-2A ‘Spirit’ used to be an airplane conceived to struggle the chilly battle yet which has proved useful to either the ‘New global Order’ and extra lately the ‘War on Terrorism’. the mix of low-observability, precision strike, diversity and payload flexibility has made the ‘Spirit’ the weapon of selection whilst the United States hits its enemies in the beginning of a crusade. Spirits have fired the 1st pictures of Operation ‘Allied strength’ over Kosovo and Serbia, in addition to operations ‘Enduring Freedom’ and ‘Iraqi Freedom’. regardless of the large rate of the plane – each one unit is actually worthy its weight in gold – the B-2 has had an influence on smooth battle which has drastically handed this small strength of 21 bombers. built in utmost secrecy, the B-2’s gestation observed using new machine layout and production recommendations and present day man made fabrics making it the main innovative plane when it comes to layout and function. This e-book examines those fabulous plane.

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The study is titled “The Prediction of Junction Efficiency for Parachute Harnesses: Experimentations in Breaking Strengths and Wear Characteristics,” Arizona State University, May 2001. qxd 5/13/05 8:02 AM Page 3-1 The correct identification and use of the various materials in parachute manufacturing and repair are of vital importance to all riggers. Just as important as acquiring knowledge of tools and machines, the language of materials is a necessary part of a rigger’s job comprehension. In doing repairs or alterations, the rigger must be able to identify the types of materials used in order to duplicate the original manufacture or ensure the correct level of safety necessary.

Early bridles were simply a length of suspension line tied off to the two components. It was soon learned that the length of the bridle affected the function of the pilot chute and the opening characteristics of the canopy. If the bridle is too short, the pilot chute cannot launch properly. If too long, the snatch force is increased. On most round emergency and reserve parachute assemblies, the length and type of the bridle is fixed for optimum performance. The rigger cannot change the configuration of the bridle without approval of the manufacturer.

In the past, a Velcro® pathway was used for routing the lanyard. This was either on the shoulder yoke or the reserve riser. Experience has shown that the use of Velcro® generally results in high wear and eventual damage to the webbing. [Figure 2-54] On this design, the lan- Figure 2-54. RSL Velcro® riser damage. Figure 2-56. Ripcord cable routing thru rings. Figure 2-57 shows the RSL lanyard and ripcord cable at the moment of riser extension and just as the cable is Figure 2-57. RSL lanyard extension.

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