Flight Measurements of the Directional Stability and Control of a P-51D Airplane with a Horn-Balanced Rudder as Compared with Previously Tested Vertical-Tail Configurations
Description: At the request of the Air Materiel Command, Army Air Forces, flight tests were conducted on a P-5lD-20-NA (AAF No. 44-63826) airplane equipped with a horn-balanced rudder. This rudder was fitted with an unbalancing tab as was the original product fan rudder. Tests were made both with the unbalancing tab in operation and with the unbalancing tab locked. The modification to the original vertical tail consisted of removing the cap from the top of the fin and adding 1.91 square feet of area to the rudder as the horn balance and 0.82 square foot of area to the top of the rudder aft of the hinge line. A comparison of the directional stability and control characteristics of the P-51D airplane with three different vertical-tail configurations - the horn balance, original production, and extended tail (with unbalancing tab locked) configurations are presented herein. The tests of the horn-balanced rudder were conducted at the Langley Laboratory in 1945. The tests of the original-tail configuration were previously conducted at the Ames Aeronautical Laboratory. Tests of the extended-tail configuration were conducted at the Langley Laboratory and are reported.
Date: December 3, 1946
Creator: Mungall, Robert G.
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