AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office ‘Lighten’ C-5 Energy Footprint with Composite Technology

May 15 2017

The APTO team is proving that novel advances in aerospace material can make a big difference in aircraft fuel savings, maintenance and durability.

A new, lightweight composite RAM Air Inlet system for the C-5M Super Galaxy Transport Aircraft is set to begin a six month operational flight demonstration test in May, as a two year APTO-led project draws to a close. Once flight testing is complete, the composite air inlet will be analyzed for performance.

The new air inlet pieces, designed to replace legacy aluminum honeycomb air inlets on the C-5, weigh less, cost less to manufacture and have a greater corrosion resistance than traditional inlet systems, increasing part life and aircraft availability while reducing maintenance costs.

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