The generic aircraft take a "Utility Knife" approach to capabilities. They have all been equipped with similar equipment, possess similar capabilities, and are virtually interchangeable. The selection of which aircraft is best for a particular project for these aircraft usually comes down to which aircraft is available.
NRL Aircraft in this category:
Properties of generic aircraft include the following:
Roll-on/Roll-off Flooring and Overhead System
Each aircraft has been equipped with a floor mounted "track" system which allows for rapid installation of equipment "racks" and the flexibility to reposition scientific equipment as necessary to keep the aircraft within the structural restrictions for weight and balance. Additionally, an overhead rack system has been incorporated to allow the tops of project racks to be secured. These features allow for the quick installation of projects, adherence to rigid structural strength requirements for airborne equipment, and increased flight safety in all regimes, including smooth weather, turbulence and steep angle of bank turns.
Standardized Wing Wiring System
Some of the aircraft (154587, 154589) have been equipped with a standardized fiber-optic wing wiring system. This system allows for the seamless collection of data from wing mounted sensors and pods at high rates of data flow, and free from environmental errors common to hard wired based systems. In addition, the standardized system allow 154589 and 154587 to fulfill similar functions for projects. This allows for greater aircraft flexibility and availability by providing the user with several assets to choose from at any time.
Standardized Bomb Bay Pallet System
Several of the aircraft have had their "Bomb Bay" doors and hardware removed and a "Bomb Bay Pallet" installed. Along with this modification, a "data feed through" system is installed.
This standardized pallet system allows our customers to install and test equipment in a laboratory environment prior to final installationl on the aircraft. Additionally the pallet can be installed onto the aircraft in a minimal amount of time, with a lower rate of problems. This time saving measure increases aircraft availability by reducing equipment install and deinstall time.