Date: November 2, 1954
Creator: Kelly, Thomas C.
Description: An investigation has been conducted in the Langley 8-foot transonic tunnel to determine the effects of several fuselage modifications on the transonic drag-rise characteristics of a 1/20-scale model of the Convair F-102 airplane. Tests covered an angle-of-attack range from 0deg to about 10deg and a Mach number range from 0.60 to 1.14. Results indicated that the transonic drag rise .for the basic F-102 airplane could be substantially reduced by extending the fuselage after-body approximately 8 percent of the fuselage length. Tests of other bodies indicated that a shorter (4-percent) afterbody extension may have a similar effect on the drag rise. Further improvement of the axial cross-sectional-area distribution of the 8-percent extended configuration through the addition of fuselage volume resulted in additional reductions in the drag rise at a Mach number of 1.0 and caused no or only slight drag penalties at the higher Mach numbers. The results of the present tests generally substantiate the area-rule concept with respect to the prediction of the transonic drag rise through the use of an equivalent-area body of revolution for a practical delta-wing airplane configuration.
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