Figure 2-9. Measuring Damage In Honeycomb Panels
(3) Condition is an indicator of the residual
capacity of a damaged structural element to perform its
function. Battlefield damaged structures or BDAR
repaired structures are classified in three conditions:
(a) Condition 1. Aircraft fully flight capable.
No flight restrictions; however, on a battlefield under the
pressures of time and tactical situations, the assessment
of structural damage may not have revealed all the
damages. Therefore, aircraft with structural damage
whether repaired or repair deferred should be inspected
after every flight. The inspector should look for crack
growth, evidence of overstress, growth of allowable
deformation, or the development of new cracks at other
(b) Condition 2. Self-recovery capable.
Self-recovery may be required to move a damaged
aircraft to a repair site or from one site to another, when
towing is not feasible. Self-recovery is preferable to
disassembly and boxing an aircraft for transportation.
As time permits, proceed as follows:
1 Mark all visible cracks and the
extent of other structural damage with chalk, grease
pencil, paint, tape, or other available means so that any
growth in the damage can be quickly recognized.
2 Perform any feasible on-site BDAR
fixes as required for self-recovery.
(c) Condition 3. Structural damage not
repairable by BDAR techniques, not self-recovery
capable. The airframe is so extensively damaged that
no useful or needed functions can be restored within the
available time and resources. These aircraft will be:
1 Recovered or evacuated to a
facility with the resources to repair the airframe.
2 Used as a source of cannibalized
3 Destroyed. This is a last resort.
(d) These conditions apply to the primary
structure and should not be confused with the mission
dependent on equipment condition.