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Aerodynamic Characteristics of a 1/8-Scale Powered Model of a High-Speed Bomber With a Dual Pusher Propeller Aft of the Empennage

Description: Report presenting wind-tunnel tests made to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of a scale model of a high-speed bomber with a dual pusher propeller aft of the empennage. Some of the results discussed include longitudinal, lateral, and directional stability and control, the empennage design, and ground effects on the aerodynamic characteristics. The results indicate that this particular airplane has several advantages with regard to stability and control over the conventional-type single-engine airplane configuration.
Date: October 12, 1945
Creator: Weiberg, James A. & Schnurbusch, Alfred W.

Flight Measurements of the Rudder Control and Sideslip Characteristics of Four Vertical Tail Arrangements on the P-40 Series Airplanes

Description: Report presenting an investigation of rudder trim force change with speed and power, rudder force reversals in sideslips, and rudder positions in sideslips and straight flight of a P-40E airplane. Quantitative measurements of the items were made on three other vertical arrangements.
Date: October 1942
Creator: Johnson, Harold I. & Vensel, Joseph R.

A Flight Investigation of the Stability of a Towed Body

Description: Report presenting flight tests to determine whether a towed body that was designed to meet certain specifications met the stability specification, which required that angular deviations in flight should be less than 1 degree. The requirement was met in flight in smooth air, but not in rough air, where the rolling motions were considerably larger.
Date: October 1942
Creator: Phillips, W. H.

Flight tests of a pursuit airplane fitted with an experimental bellows-type bob weight

Description: Report presenting flight tests to determine the longitudinal stability characteristics of a pursuit airplane when flown with and without an experimental bellows-type bob weight. When the weight was installed, the stick-free static stability remained approximately constant irrespective of the shift in center of gravity resulting from a change in fuel quantity in the auxiliary fuselage fuel tank. Although the weight functioned satisfactorily, the performance could have been enhanced by the reduction of the friction in the mechanism.
Date: October 1944
Creator: Spreiter, John R. & Nissen, James M.

Performance of two-stage turbosupercharger using mixed-flow impellers

Description: Report presenting an investigation of the performance of a two-stage turbosupercharger with mixed-flow impellers. Two complete superchargers were tested; both were the same except for modified vanes in the interstage passage and a slightly different first-stage diffuser shape. The modified supercharger performed slightly better than the original, but both showed good characteristics over a range of operating conditions.
Date: October 1942
Creator: Schey, Oscar W. & King, J. Austin

Flying qualities of a twin-engine patrol airplane as estimated from wind-tunnel tests

Description: Report presenting an estimate of the flying qualities of a twin-engine patrol airplane from wind-tunnel test results in comparison with flight observations as a possible guide in determining changes which would be necessary to improve these qualities. Results regarding the longitudinal and lateral stability and control of this airplane are provided.
Date: October 1943
Creator: Stevens, Victor I., Jr.

Investigation of Diving Moments of a Pursuit Airplane in the Ames 16-Foot High Speed Wind Tunnel

Description: From Summary: "A pursuit type airplane encountered severe diving moments in high-speed dives which make recovery difficult. For the purpose of investigating these diving moments and finding means for their reduction, a 1/6 scale model of the airplane was tested in the 16-foot high-speed wind tunnel at Ames Aeronautical Laboratory. The test results indicate that up to a Mach number of at least 0.75, the limit of the tests, the dive-recovery difficulties can be alleviated and the longitudinal maneuverability improved by the substitution of a long symmetrical fuselage for the standard fuselage."
Date: October 1942
Creator: Erickson, Albert L.

Tank Tests of a Powered Dynamic Model of a Flying Boat Having an Afterbody Length-Beam Ratio of 4.7-Langley Tank Model 203C-1

Description: Report discussing the results of testing on a flying boat model with an afterbody length-beam ratio of 4.7 to determine its takeoff and landing stability and resistance characteristics.The range of stable trims was smaller than models with a conventional afterbody, but the range of stable positions for the center of gravity was about the same. Landing stability was satisfactory, and the hump resistance and trim is less than a boat with a smaller ratio.
Date: October 1945
Creator: Olson, Roland E. & Haar, Marvin I.

Two-Dimensional Wind-Tunnel Investigation of Six Airfoil Sections for the Wing of the Vega XP2V-1 Airplane

Description: Report discussing testing of six airfoil sections for the wing of the Vega XP2V-1 airplane in a smooth condition and with standard leading-edge roughness. Information about the lift, drag, pitching-moment characteristics, and sensitivity to roughness is provided. No airfoil was found to be superior to the others in all categories.
Date: October 1945
Creator: Fullmer, Felicien F., Jr.

Résumé of NACA Stability and Control Tests of the Bell P-63 Series Airplane

Description: Report on stability and control tests of the Bell P-63 series airplanes. Information about the spin characteristics, lateral control characteristics, longitudinal stability and control characteristics and directional stability and control characteristics is provided. A chronology of testing and detailed description of the airplane and its modifications are also provided.
Date: October 19, 1944
Creator: Johnson, Harold I.

Sea-Level Performance Tests of a 22-Inch-Diameter Pulse-Jet Engine at Various Simulated Ram Pressures

Description: Report on sea-level performance tests of a 22-inch-diameter pulse-jet engine on a thrust stand. The tests were conducted at several ram pressures and the entire range of fuel flows that the engine can operate at. Information about the maximum-thrust operation, operating frequency, maximum combustion chamber pressures, and operating lives is provided.
Date: October 2, 1945
Creator: Manganiello, Eugene J.; Valerino, Michael F. & Essig, Robert H.

Some Flight Measurements on Pressure Distribution During Tail Buffeting

Description: Report presenting pressure-distribution measurements obtained from the horizontal tail surfaces of the Curtiss P-40K airplane during low-speed pull-ups to abrupt stall in which tail buffeting was experienced. The chordwise load distributions during buffeting are similar to those experienced during angle-of-attack changes. The location of the stall and frequency of stall disturbances are also described.
Date: October 1945
Creator: Boshar, John

The Effect of Compression Ratio on Knock Limits of High-Performance Fuels in a CFR Engine 1: Blends of Triptane and 28-R Fuel

Description: Report discussing the knock-limited performance of blends of triptane and 28-R fuel in an F-4 engine at three sets of conditions and three compression ratios. The knock limits of the triptane blends were more sensitive to compression ratio than the 28-R fuel, and the sensitivities of the blends increased as the severity of other engine conditions increased.
Date: October 1944
Creator: Alquist, Henry E. & Tower, Leonard K.

Correlation of the Characteristics of Single-Cylinder and Flight Engines in Tests of High-Performance Fuels in an Air-Cooled Engine 1 - Cooling Characteristics

Description: Variable charge-air flow, cooling-air pressure drop, and fuel-air ration investigations were conducted to determine the cooling characteristics of a full-scale air-cooled single cylinder on a CUE setup. The data are compared with similar data that were available for the same model multicylinder engine tested in flight in a four-engine airplane. The cylinder-head cooling correlations were the same for both the single-cylinder and the flight engine. The cooling correlations for the barrels differed slightly in that the barrel of the single-cylinder engine runs cooler than the barrel of te flight engine for the same head temperatures and engine conditions.
Date: October 4, 1945
Creator: Wilson, Robert W.; Richard, Paul H. & Brown, Kenneth D.

A Flight Investigation of the Ice-Prevention Requirements of the United States Naval K-Type Airship

Description: Report discussing a research program to investigate ice prevention and elimination on airships in order to develop suitable airship ice-prevention equipment. A Naval K-type airship was equipped with photographic and meteorological tools in order to record ice formation and the propellers were outfitted with electrically heated blade shoes. Testing discovered that an airship can be flown successfully in wet snow and freezing rain with only the propellers and induction systems protected from the weather.
Date: October 19, 1945
Creator: Hillendahl, Wesley H.

An Investigation of the Ranger V-770-8 Engine Installation for the Edo XOSE-1 Airplane 2: Aerodynamics

Description: Investigations were made to determine the cowling and cooling characteristics of the Ranger V-770-8 engine installation in an observation seaplane. Final cowl configurations possessed ample engine and oil-cooler pressure drops for cooling in the critical normal-power climb condition with any of the three baffle configurations tested. The indicated critical Mach number of the cowling was found to be 0.70 as determined by the pressure on the lower lip of the inlet.
Date: October 1945
Creator: Dennard, John S. & Nichols, Mark R.

Aerodynamic Characteristics and Flap Loads of the Brake-Flap Installation on the 0.40-Scale Model of the F4F-3 Left Wing Panel

Description: "The data are presented in coefficient form and include lift, drag, and pitching-moment coefficients of the airfoil-flap comoinations and the normal-force, chord-force, and hinge-moment coefficients of the upper (perforated split) flap and lower (slotted) flap" (p. 1).
Date: October 1942
Creator: Purser, Paul E. & Liddell, Robert B.

Aerodynamic Characteristics for Internal-Balance and Frise Type Ailerons on an NACA 6 Series Low-Drag Tip Section of the Wing for the XP-63 Airplane

Description: Report presenting testing in the two-dimensional turbulence tunnel of a model of the tip section of the wing of the XP-63 airplane. Several alterations of the skirts and balance on the internal-balance aileron were tested to obtain various aerodynamic characteristics of the aileron.
Date: October 1942
Creator: Underwood, William J.

Flight Measurements of the Effect on Elevator Stick Forces of Stabilizer Incidence and Elevator Rib Spacing on the P-63A-1-BE Series Airplane

Description: "Flight tests were made to determine the cause and correction for the unusual stick-free instability of the original production P-63 airplane in high-speed straight flight." The rib spacing and stabilizer incidence of the original design were found to increase instability. When they were both altered, stability was improved and fabric deflection was reduced, but stick forces were not substantially altered.
Date: October 1945
Creator: Johnson, Harold I. & Mungall, Robert G.

The effect of altitude on bomber performance

Description: Report presenting a study devoted to the analysis of the effect of design and operating altitude on the performance of bombers. The primary emphasis is on range performance and charts are presented with range as a function of wing loading, power loading, and design altitude. Results regarding the range at maximum L/D, range at constant power, and performance charts are provided.
Date: October 1943
Creator: Hill, Paul R. & Crigler, John L.