A Transonic Wind-Tunnel Investigation of the Static Lateral, Directional, and Longitudinal Stability Characteristics of the Martin B-61A Missile (Matador)

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The static lateral, directional, and longitudinal stability characteristics of a 0.06-scale model of the Martin B-61A missile (Matador) were investigated in the Langley 8-foot transonic tunnel at Mach numbers from 0.80 t o 1.12. Six-component force and moment data were obtained from strain-gage measurements. The characteristics of a spoiler and of wing-tip end plates were also investigated. The Reynolds number of the tests based on the mean aerodynamic chord of the wing was approximately 1.6 X 106. The longitudinal and directional stability appeared satisfactory, except for a loss in directional stability near sonic velocity at small angles of yaw. Spoiler ... continued below

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Luoma, Arvo A. April 9, 1954.

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  • Main Title: A Transonic Wind-Tunnel Investigation of the Static Lateral, Directional, and Longitudinal Stability Characteristics of the Martin B-61A Missile (Matador)
  • Series Title: NACA Research Memorandums

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The static lateral, directional, and longitudinal stability characteristics of a 0.06-scale model of the Martin B-61A missile (Matador) were investigated in the Langley 8-foot transonic tunnel at Mach numbers from 0.80 t o 1.12. Six-component force and moment data were obtained from strain-gage measurements. The characteristics of a spoiler and of wing-tip end plates were also investigated. The Reynolds number of the tests based on the mean aerodynamic chord of the wing was approximately 1.6 X 106. The longitudinal and directional stability appeared satisfactory, except for a loss in directional stability near sonic velocity at small angles of yaw. Spoiler power appeared adequate. End plates were ineffective in reducing the dihedral effect at Mach numbers near 0.96 but were effective at the other Mach numbers. At such Mach numbers, the effectiveness was approximately proportional to the area of the plates. Langley and Wright Air Development Center results on this model showed good agreement for the most part.

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  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc60363

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Luoma, Arvo A. A Transonic Wind-Tunnel Investigation of the Static Lateral, Directional, and Longitudinal Stability Characteristics of the Martin B-61A Missile (Matador), report, April 9, 1954; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc60363/: accessed August 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.