Air Force Research Laboratory has created a wax-like product designed to prevent water from blocking an aircraft’s canopy. The HydroSkip product would stop rain from pooling over an F-16 aircraft’s canopy during cases of bad weather, the U.S. Air Force said Thursday.
Heavy rain may restrict a pilot’s visibility needed for safe navigation, and HydroSkip aims to address this issue. Donald Willmoth, a mechanical engineer with the F-16 System Program Office, said the product turns white and wipes clean 10 minutes after application. Maintainers would apply the product to aircraft on a monthly basis.
The F-16 SPO expanded HydroSkip’s testing across all F-16 users across the Air Force due to demand. Three Air Force Bases have also agreed to test HydroSkip to address pooling issues that occur in Europe and the far east.
Â âThe plan is to fly 50 flight hours on one squadron and 60 days on the other with periodic testing to (verify) material durability,â Willmoth said.