Report discussing about 400 references pertaining to the hydrodynamic design of seaplanes have been compiled, and the information is presented in the form of abstracts classified under six main headings.
Report presenting the air-flow behavior over the wing of an XP-51 airplane including photographs of tufts attached to the wing surface and chordwise pressure distributions. A comparison of tuft studies from flight results are compared with results from wind-tunnel testing. Three types of flow were observed: steady flow, unsteady flow, and break-away flow are provided.
From Summary: "An investigation has been conducted on a V-1650-7 engine to determine the cylinder temperatures and the coolant and oil heat rejections over a range of coolant flows (50 to 200 gal/min) and oil inlet temperatures (160 to 2150 F) for two values of coolant outlet temperature (250 deg and 275 F) at each of four power conditions ranging from approximately 1100 to 2000 brake horsepower. Data were obtained for several values of block-outlet pressure at each of the two coolant outlet temperatures. A mixture of 30 percent by volume of ethylene glycol and 70-percent water was used as the coolant."
Report presenting tests to determine the effects of sweepback angle and aspect ratio on the drag of an NACA 65-009 airfoil at supersonic speeds. The results indicated that for the range of Mach numbers investigated, increasing the sweepback angle and decreasing the aspect ratio reduced the value of the wing drag coefficient.
The flying qualities of the Martin model 202 airplane have been estimated chiefly from the results of tests of an 0.0875-scale complete model with power made in the Wright Brothers tunnel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and from partial span wing and isolated vertical tail tests made in the Georgia Tech Nine-Foot Tunnel. These estimated handling qualities have been compared with existing Army-Navy and CAA requirements for stability and control.
Results obtained from gust and draft velocity measurements within thunderstorms for the period August 17, 1946 to August 19, 1946 at Orlando, Florida are presented herein. These data are summarized in tables I and II and are of the type presented in reference 1 for previous flights. Inspection of photo-observer records taken on the present flights indicated that mo ambient-air temperature data were obtained.
"This report contains the flight-test results of the lateral and directional-stability and control phase (including tests with wing-tip tanks) of a general flying-qualities investigation of the Lockheed P-80A airplane (Army No. 44-85099). These tests were conducted at indicated airspeeds up to 494 miles per hour (0.691 Mach number) at low altitude and up to 378 miles per hour (0.816 Mach number) at high altitude. These tests showed that the flying qualities of the airplane were for the most part in accordance with the requirements of the Army Air Forces Stability and Control Specifications" (p. 1).
Tests were conducted to find the effects of compressibility on the longitudinal stability and control of a 1/7-scale semispan model of the Northrop YB-49 airplane. Lift, drag, pitching moment, and elevon hinge moments were measured and are presented in graphical form. The results show that, due to a loss of lift on the outboard portion of the wing, the longitudinal static stability decreased rapidly as the Mach numbers increased above 0.735 the model experienced a climbing moment at positive lift coefficients. Also, a longitudinal-control effectiveness began to decrease at a Mach number of about 0.725.
Report presenting a lateral-control investigation of 3- and 6-percent chord spoilers projecting on the upper surface of a wing of high-aspect ratio. The spoilers were found to give large rolling moments at Mach numbers below the Mach number corresponding to the break in the rolling-moment-coefficient curves. Results regarding section pressure distributions, rolling-moment characteristics, normal-force characteristics, pitching-moment characteristics, wing-torsional considerations, and hinge-moment characteristics are provided.
"Results of tests of an airspeed head mounted on a freely falling body are presented in preliminary form. Measurements were made throughout the transonic speed range. Details and dimensions of the airspeed head and the body are given in figure 1" (p. 1).
Memorandum presenting a calculation of the trajectories for a supersonic antiaircraft missile by a step-by-step integration method for a number of different conditions. The effects of changing drag, initial thrust ratio, and weight ratio, which are the principal variables controlling the trajectory for a fixed launching angle, were investigated.
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