Abstract: A flare apparatus including a shell case, an explosive assembly carried by the shell case, a flare cup located in the shell case and spaced apart from the first end of the shell case and having a closed end surface away from the first end of the shell case which is convex, a flare composition located in the interior space defined by the flare cup and a plug located in the interior chamber defined by the shell case and being in close proximity to the flare cup. The present flares are straightforward in construction, easy and inexpensive to produce and provide substantial performance benefits and substantial shipping/transporting benefits. In particular, the present flares are safer to ship/transport relative to conventional flares and can be shipped/transported under less restrictive conditions.
Abstract: A flare apparatus including a shell base, an explosive assembly carried by the shell base, a flare cover interference fit onto the shell base and having a closed end surface away from the shell base which is convex, a flare composition located in the interior space defined by the flare cover and a fire composition on or in proximity to the flare composition. The present flares are straight forward in construction, easy and inexpensive to produce and provide substantial benefits, for example, attaining higher altitudes when used.
Abstract: Apparatus for launching flares includes a handle portion adapted to be held in a hand of a human being when the apparatus is used, a barrel portion coupled to the handle portion and defining a hollow barrel through which a flare projectile passes in being launched, and an enabling assembly slidably secured to the handle portion and being adapted to be moved between a first position in which the apparatus is not enabled to launch a flare and a second position in which the apparatus is enabled to launch a flare.
Abstract: A flare including a body, an ignitable projectile in the body, an igniter for initiating ignition of the ignitable projectile and initiating propulsion of the projectile out one end of the body, a cap removably coupled to the other end of the body and an ignition member in the body and the cap which can be pulled to ignite the igniter composition. The flare also includes a safety shield at least partially receiving the body and the cap and being releasably retained against substantial axial movement relative to the body in a retracted position to inhibit removal of the cap from the body and being responsive to a force to move relative to the body and cap to an extended position. Confronting surfaces of the shield and cap are configured to provide a passage for water to escape from a region between the shield and the body. The end of the shield adjacent the body is configured to provide a plurality of resilient fingers.
March 8, 1995
Date of Patent:
June 18, 1996
James R. Spivey, William F. Brice, William J. Dee