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Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 274, Issue 1–2, pp 425–445 | Cite as

Aircraft selection modeling: a multi-step heuristic to enumerate airlift alternatives

  • Jacob D. Maywald
  • Adam D. Reiman
  • Robert E. OverstreetEmail author
  • Alan W. Johnson
Original Research
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Abstract

We consider the use of the new C-130J-30 aircraft for long distance (strategic) cargo movement. Currently, only large aircraft, the C-5 and the C-17, are identified as strategic airlift assets by the United States Air Force. Our mathematical model identifies all logical airframe combinations to perform a cargo movement given a set of constraints. Using previously developed routing algorithms and fuel metrics, we evaluated the combinations and calculated the potential savings had the most fuel efficient combination been selected. Analyzing 1 month of historic data for four long distance routes, our proposed model suggests that savings could have been more than one million dollars.

Keywords

Air mobility planning Aircraft selection modeling Analysis of alternatives 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Operational SciencesAir Force Institute of TechnologyWright Patterson AFBUSA
  2. 2.Department of Supply Chain and Information SystemsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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