Gear Up, Mishaps Down: The Evolution of Naval Aviation Safety, 1950-2000

Gear Up, Mishaps Down: The Evolution of Naval Aviation Safety, 1950-2000

by Robert F. Dunn


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682470053
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 01/15/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert F. Dunn is a naval aviator who commanded a jet squadron in combat, the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga and the Naval Safety Center. His last Navy assignment was as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare. In retirement he served as Deputy Chairman of the NASA Aerospace Advisory Panel and Chairman of a GSA Blue Ribbon Panel to examine non-DOD government aircraft safety.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword David M. North ix

Preface A Most Remarkable Story xi

Chapter 1 Black as Midnight 1

Chapter 2 Difficult Days: A Soaring Mishap Rate 5

Chapter 3 The Competition: American Aviation Overall 15

Chapter 4 Beginning to Get it Right 20

Chapter 5 Naval Aviation's Transition to Jets 29

Chapter 6 Aircraft Carriers: Changes and Modifications 33

Chapter 7 Beyond Jets and Aircraft Carriers 43

Chapter 8 The Catalyst for Improvement: The Naval Safety Center 46

Chapter 9 Six Amazing Years: RAGs, NATOPs, and More 58

Chapter 10 The Doc: Aerospace Medicine-Flight Surgeons and More 70

Chapter 11 Discovering Human Factors 84

Chapter 12 Maintenance and Supply 91

Chapter 13 The Underappreciated: Aircraft, Aircraft Systems, and Design Safety 103

Chapter 14 Making Believe: Simulators and Synthetic Trainers 113

Chapter 15 On to the Twenty-First Century: ORM, CRM, and Culture Workshops 125

Chapter 16 Success: Summary and Conclusions 133

Afterword 137

Appendix 1 Marine Aviation 139

Appendix 2 Naval Safety Center Yearly Major Mishap Statistics 141

Appendix 3 Navy and Marine Accident Reporting Classifications 145

Appendix 4 Aviation-Oriented Safety Center Publications 147

Appendix 5 Principal Carrier Alterations 149

Appendix 6 Typical Straight-Deck Carrier Landing Pattern 151

Chronology 153

Notes 163

Glossary 179

Bibliography 185

Index 195

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