Date: August 22, 1949
Creator: Cleary, Joseph W. & Mellenthin, Jack A.
Description: Measurements of wing and fuselage pressure distributions were made at low and high subsonic Much numbers on a 0.16-scale model of the projected MX-656 research airplane. The MX-656 is a supersonic design utilizing a low-aspect-ratio wing and tail. Pressure-distribution measurements indicated that, although the critical Mach number of the wing was approximately 0.81 at 0 degree angle of attack, compressibility effects were of little significance below a Mach number of at least 0.90. The principal effect of compressibility was an increase in the pressure gradient over the after 30 percent of the wing chord, causing a tendency for the flow to separate. At 0.40 Mach number, the wing stalled abruptly at approximately 12 deg, angle of attack. The wing-pressure distribution showed this stall was a result of complete separation of the flow from the upper surface of the wing, Deflecting the leading-edge flaps delayed the stall to a higher angle of attack with some increase in the maximum section normal force,.
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