F-15 Inlet Duct Automatic Fastening System

Paper #:
  • 972812

Published:
  • 1997-09-30
Citation:
Schaefer, C., "F-15 Inlet Duct Automatic Fastening System," SAE Technical Paper 972812, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/972812.
Pages:
4
Abstract:
With ongoing efforts to reduce current aircraft program assembly costs, McDonnell Aircraft and Missiles Systems will be introducing a practical approach to F-15 inlet duct fastening. Using proven, off-the-shelf, automatic fastening technologies, the F-15 Inlet Duct Automatic Fastening System coincides with F-15 program affordability initiatives. When fully implemented, the system will accommodate ten center fuselage duct sections (five left & five right). Given the unique part geometries associated with fighter aircraft inlet ducts, machine configuration and the part positioning requirements warranted special attention.F-15 inlet ducts have been manually fastened for over 25 years, so basic build philosophies, planning, and engineering requirements needed to be changed.
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