Date: January 1, 1949
Creator: Letko, William
Description: An investigation has been made in the Langley stability tunnel to determine the low-speed static stability and control characteristics of a model of the Bell MX-776. The results show the model to be longitudinally unstable in the angle-of-attack range around zero angle of attack and to become stable at moderate angles of attack. The results of the present investigation agree reasonably well with results obtained in other facilities at low speed. The present pitching-moment results at low Mach numbers also agree reasonably well with unpublished results of tests of the model at supersonic Mach numbers (up to Mach number 1.86). Unpublished results at moderate and high subsonic speeds, however, indicate considerably greater instability at low angles of attack than is indicated by low-speed results. The results of the present tests also showed that the pitching-moment coefficients for angles of attack up to 12deg remained fairly constant with sideslip angle up to 12deg. The elevators tested produced relatively large pitching moments at zero angle of attack but, as the angle of attack was increased, the elevator effectiveness decreased. The rate of decrease of elevator effectiveness with angle of attack was less for 8deg than for 20deg elevator deflection. Therefore although 8deg ...
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