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Filed. March 28, 1936
NORMAN L.Kzm2nsm ,
Patented Sept. 17, 1946
Norman L. Kearney, Bu?alo‘; N. Y., assignor, by
. mesne assignments, to Curtiss-Wrig‘ht Corpo
ration, a corporation of New. York
Application M'arch28, 1936, Serial No. 71,514
5 Claims. (01. 244;:110 )
This invention relates‘ to improvements in ar
resting gears foraircra‘ft, the particular inven
tion ‘being for usewith those types of aircraft
which are adapted for landing in restricted areas,
which areas are ‘equipped with means for ‘engage
ment-bya hook carried by the aircraft. ,
the tube 2G is provided with ya handle 2d which
the ‘rearward end of the snubber unit 23 is
shackled to a cable 25 whichpassesover a sheave
2'! to a shackle at the upper endof the shank ex
equipped with what is ‘called an “arrestinghook,”
having at its, lower end a hook for-engagement
with“ arresting, devices on the landing surface.
Means are usually ‘provided for swinging the hook
shank in a verticalplane, so that whenv the craft
is in ?ight, the: shank is substantially enclosed in
i the aircraft and so that, when preparing for a
landing, the shank‘ is vextended below the body of
may‘ be traversed'through the length of the tube
for translating‘the cable‘ fl,‘ and handle locks are
provided at ‘each extreme position. ,A yoke 25 at
Aircraft of , the’ character indicated are
which consists of a shank pivotally carried by
the aircraft toward the rear thereofythe shank
entirety as 23. That part of the cable I‘! within
tension ‘I6. ‘From the drawing, it will be appar~
cut that when the‘handle; 2.4, is drawn upwardly
and rearwardly, the shank It Will be moved for
wardly and downwardly to ‘a position for land
ing, When said handle 24 is pushed forwardly
and downwardly, the shank M is drawn upwardly
15 and rearwardly to a retracted- position.
The‘ unit 23 comprises resilient means by which
the‘ shank I4 may move rearwardly upon impact
thereof with the landing surface, without altering
An object of this invention is to provide means,
the position of that part of the cable I’! which is '
in a retractable arresting hook, by which impact 20 attached to the yoke 22. In other words, the cable
shocks incident to impingement of the hook on
25 is tension-ed upon landing to stretch the re
the landing surface, are absorbed. A related ob
silient unit 23. To con?ne said unit 23 to a de?
ject is to so damp the de?ections of the arresting
nite path of translation, it is enclosed in a guide
hook upon impact as to prevent such hook from
tube 23 fixed to the fuselage skeleton l2.
‘bouncing, by which bouncing it is apt to leave 25 The resilient unit 23, per se. is shown in Fig. 2,,
the landing surface after once contacting same,
and comprises a cylinder 29 ?xed to the yoke 22
with the possible danger of disengaging the ar
by a rivet 36, said yoke forming a closure for the
resting elements on the landing surface.
end of said cylinder. Engaging within the bore
A further object is to provide resilient means by
of said cylinder is a ‘piston 3| having a suitable
which the arresting hook is maintained in land
packing 32 of leather or the like, said piston being
ing attitude against the'air pressure due to the
carried on a piston rod 33 extending through a
?ight of the aircraft.
guide 34 ?xed to the open end of the cylinder 29,
The details of the invention may be better ap
said rod being attached as by screwing, to the
preciated by referring to the detailed description
yoke 25. If desired, ori?ces 35 may be formed in
herewith, and to the annexed drawing, in. which: 35 the cylinder 29 to provide for air bleed.
Fig. 1 is a fragmentary elevation of an aircraft
Encircling the cylinder 29 is a coil spring 36
fuselage, partly broken away, to show the ar
hooked at its ends to suitable bosses 3‘! and 38,
resting gear organization; and
respectively. on the yokes 22 and 25.
Fig. 2 is an enlarged elevation, partly in section,
Inv operation. the unit 23, asa whole, will be
of the shock absorbing device for the arresting
translatable with the cables I‘! and 26 as the ar
In Fig. 1. I show the rearward portion of an
aircraft fuselage I 9, having a forwardly located
cockpit H, and com-prising the structural frame
resting gear is moved between extended and re
tracted positions. When the arresting hook is ex
tended. the unit 23 will lie forwardly within the
tube 28. and. the piston 32 will lie well within the
work l2. Toward the rearward portion of the 45 cylinder 22. The ?nal locking position of the
framework !2 a transverse pivot I3 is arranged
handle 24! will be so arranged as to stretch the
upon which. is journaled an arresting hook shank
spring 36 a small amount. whereby the hook I4
it having a hook H5 at its extreme end. The
is resiliently held against the air-stream. When a
M is continued inwardly as at I t‘ beyond
lending is effected. the hook l5 will strike the
the pivot is.‘ A cable i‘! is shackled to the shank 50 landing surface. tensioning the cable 26 and ex
Id at a point such as is. spaced exteriorly from
tending the piston rod 33 with respect to the cyl
the pivot H. The cable I1 extends over sheaves
index‘ 29. at the same time, stretchingr the spring
I9 through a tube 20 in the cockpit II, and ex
35. The piston
in the cylinder 29, forms an
tends from the tube over sheaves 2| to a yoke 22
air dashpot which will resist any tendency to
comprising part of the snubber designated in its 55 ward bouncing to which the hook l5 may be sub
2. In an arresting gear, in combination, a hook
ject, this dashpot, with the aid of the spring 36,
holding the hook IS in ?rm contact with the land
ing surface regardless of momentary changes in
shank pivoted to said aircraft, a cable shackled
at its ends to said shank at substantially equal
distances on each side of said pivot, operating
means for translating said cable to raise and
lower said shank, and damped tension means in
series with said ‘cable for holding said cable taut
and for damping bouncing of said shank upon the
the attitude of the aircraft with respect to the
landing surface. As the aircraft settles to the
landing surface, the spring 36 will be still further
stretched as the hook is moved upwards by the
Weight of the aircraft to a position intermediate
the extended and retracted positions.
[hook striking a landing surface.
3. In a snubber of the character described, a
There- _
upon, the aircraft operator may unlock the han
dle 24 in the tube 20, moving it from the upper
cylinder closedat one end, a piston rod passing
rearward position indicated at 24' to the lower '
forward position, whereby the arresting hook will
be fully retracted and the aircraft can then '
‘proceed over the landing surface with the con
ventional landing ‘gear, which is not shown, as
such landing gears are common to all aircraft.
While I have described my invention in detail
into the cylinder open end having a piston en-'
gaging the cylinder wall, a coiled tension spring
encircling said cylinder, attached at its ends ad
jacent the closed end of said cylinder and the
anti-piston end of said rod, respectively, and a
, ?xed. guide tube embracing said spring, within
which tube said snubber is bodily axially movable.
V 4. vIn a retractable arresting gear, in combina
in its present preferred embodiment, it will be
obvious to those skilled in the art, after under 20 tion, a hook shank pivoted to said aircraft and
extending on both sides of the pivot, a cable
standing my invention, that various changes and
shackled to saidshank at its ends, respectively on
modi?cations may be made therein without de
opposite sides of said pivot, means to translate
parting from} the spirit or scope thereof. I aim
said cable, and damped tension, means in series
in the appended claims to cover all such modi?
25 with said cable for holding said cable taut and
cations and changes.
for damping bouncing of said shank upon the
What is claimed is:
1. A tension hold-down device for an aircraft
arresting hook including a cable circuit for rais~
ing and lowering said hook, comprising a cylin
hook striking a landing surface.
5. In a retractable arresting gear, in combina
‘ tion, a hook shank pivoted to said aircraft, a
der and a piston having a rod engaged for sliding 30 cable shackled at its ends tosaid shank, means
for translating said cable for raising and lower
therein, said cylinder and piston rod respectively
being attached in series in said cable, said piston
‘ and cylinder together forming a dash-pot, and a
ing the shank, and damped tension means in
' series with said cable for holding said cable taut
tension coil spring embracing said cylinder and
and for damping bouncing of said shank upon th
attached at its ends to said cylinder and said rod
hook striking a landing surface.
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