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Preliminary report on free flight tests

Preliminary report on free flight tests

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Warner, E P & Norton, F H
Description: Results are presented for a series of tests made by the Advisory Committee's staff at Langley Field during the summer of 1919 with the objectives of determining the characteristics of airplanes in flight and the extent to which the actual characteristics differ from those predicted from tests on models in the wind tunnel, and of studying the balance of the machines and the forces which must be applied to the controls in order to maintain longitudinal equilibrium.
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Properties and preparation of ceramic insulators for spark plugs

Properties and preparation of ceramic insulators for spark plugs

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Silsbee, F B; Honaman, R K; Fonseca, E L; Bleininger, A V & Staley, H F
Description: Report describes in detail the preliminary experiments which were made on the conductivity of spark-plug insulators in order to develop a satisfactory comparative method for testing various spark-plug materials. Materials tested were cements, porcelain, feldspar, and quartz.
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Results of tests on radiators for aircraft engines

Results of tests on radiators for aircraft engines

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Dickinson, H C; James, W S & Kleinschmidt, R V
Description: Part 1 is to present the results of tests on 56 types of core in a form convenient for use in the study of the performance of and possible improvements in existing designs. Working rules are given by which the data contained in the report may be used, and the most obvious conclusions as to the behavior of cores are summarized. Part 2 presents the results of tests made to determine the pressure necessary to produce water flows up to 50 gallons per minute through an 8-inch square section of radiator core. These data are of special value in evaluating the hydraulic head against which the circulating pump is required to operate.
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Self-luminous materials

Self-luminous materials

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Dorsey, N E
Description: Report outlines specifications for the preparation and application of self-luminous materials to be used for the illumination of various instruments, especially those used for aeronautics.
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Slip-stream corrections performance computation

Slip-stream corrections performance computation

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Warner, Edward P
Description: This report is an analysis of experiments performed by Eiffel on the air velocity in slip stream of a propeller, and also includes a theoretical discussion of the magnitude of the velocity in different propellers.
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Spark plug defects and tests

Spark plug defects and tests

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Silsbee, F B; Loeb, L B; Sawyer, L G; Fonseca, E L; Dickinson, H C & Agnew, P G
Description: The successful operation of the spark plug depends to a large extent on the gas tightness of the plug. Part 1 of this report describes the method used for measuring the gas tightness of aviation spark plugs. Part 2 describes the methods used in testing the electrical conductivity of the insulation material when hot. Part 3 describes the testing of the cold dielectric strength of the insulation material, the resistance to mechanical shock, and the final engine test.
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Stability of the parachute and helicopter

Stability of the parachute and helicopter

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Batemen, H
Description: This report deals with an extension of the theory of stability in oscillation to the case of aircraft following a vertical trajectory, and particularly to the oscillations of parachutes.
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The steadiness factor in engine sets

The steadiness factor in engine sets

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Margoulis, W
Description: None
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The strength of one-piece solid, build-up and laminated wood airplane wing beams

The strength of one-piece solid, build-up and laminated wood airplane wing beams

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Nelson, John H
Description: The purpose of this report is to summarize the results of all wood airplane wing beams tested to date in the Bureau of Standards Laboratory in order that the various kinds of wood and methods of construction may be compared. All beams tested were of an I section and the majority were somewhat similar in size and cross section to the front wing beam of the Curtiss JN-4 machine. Construction methods may be classed as (1) solid beams cut from solid stock; (2) three-piece beams, built up of three pieces, web and flanges glued together by a tongue-and-groove joint and (3) laminated beams built up of thin laminations of wood glued together.
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The structure of airplane fabrics

The structure of airplane fabrics

Date: January 1, 1920
Creator: Walen, E Dean
Description: This report prepared by the Bureau of Standards for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics supplies the necessary information regarding the apparatus and methods of testing and inspecting airplane fabrics.
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