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Results of Tests to Determine the Effect of a Conical Windshield on the Drag of a Bluff Body at Supersonic Speeds

Description: Tests to evaluate the effect of a conical windshield on the drag of a bluff body at supersonic speeds were performed for the following configurations: a sharp nose fuselage with stabilizing fins,a blunt nose fuselage with a hemispherical shape, and a blunt nose fuselage with a conical point. Results of the drag coefficient are described at Mach 1.0 and the greatest Mach number of 1.37.
Date: January 14, 1947
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flight Investigation to Determine the Aerodynamic Characteristics of Rocket-Powered Models Representative of a Fighter-Type Airplane Configuration Incorporating an Inverse-Taper Wing and a Vee Tail

Description: From Summary: "Two rocket-powered models representative of a fighter-type airplane were investigated in flight at Mach numbers up to 1.01 and 1.07 by the Langley Pilotless Aircraft Research Division at its testing station at Wallops Island, Va. These models incorporated an inverse-taper wing and a vee tail and were flown with controls undeflected and wing and stabilizer set at 0 deg incidence. Values of lateral acceleration, normal acceleration velocity, and drag were obtained by use of telemeters and a Doppler velocimeter radar unit."
Date: November 2, 1948
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drag Measurements of a Swept-Back Wing Having Inverse Taper as Determined by Flight Tests at Supersonic Speeds

Description: Report discussing the results of flight tests to determine the drag at zero lift of a swept-back wing of inverse taper using an NACA 65-009 airfoil. The data was compared to untapered wings with a similar degree of sweepback. The tapered wing was found to have a lower drag coefficient than the 34-degree swept-back untapered wing but a higher drag coefficient than the 45-degree swept-back untapered wing.
Date: April 8, 1947
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drag Measurements of Symmetrical Circular-Arc and NACA 65-009 Rectangular Airfoils Having an Aspect Ratio of 2.7 as Determined by Flight Tests at Supersonic Speeds

Description: Report discussing testing to determine the drag characteristics at zero lift of a wing with a circular-arc airfoil section with a maximum thickness of 9 percent chord. The results were compared to previous testing on an NACA 65-009 airfoil. It was found that the NACA airfoil had lower drag coefficients than the circular-arc airfoil tested in this experiment.
Date: March 7, 1947
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drag Measurements of a 34 Degree Swept-Forward and Swept-Back NACA 65-009 Airfoil of Aspect Ratio 2.7 as Determined by Flight Tests at Supersonic Speeds

Description: Report presenting the results of flight testing to determine the zero-lift drag of an NACA 65-009 airfoil at a specified aspect ratio. The results are compared to previous testing of unswept and swept-back arrangements. The swept-forward and swept-back airfoils were found to produce lower values of zero-drag lift than the unswept airfoil.
Date: February 20, 1947
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Drag characteristics of rectangular and swept-back NACA 65-009 airfoils having aspect ratios of 1.5 and 2.7 as determined by flight tests at supersonic speeds

Description: 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.
Date: February 24, 1947
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R. & Katz, Ellis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flight Tests to Determine the Effect of Length of a Conical Windshield on the Drag of a Bluff Body at Supersonic Speeds

Description: Flight tests were conducted to determine the effect of length of a conical windshield on the drag of a bluff body moving at supersonic speeds. A comparison is made between results obtained and results of previous drag tests of body-windshield combinations.The effect of increasing the length of the windshield is discussed.
Date: January 29, 1947
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R. & Katz, Ellis
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wind-tunnel tests of two tapered wings with straight leading edges and with constant-chord center sections of different spans

Description: Report presenting an investigation in the 19-foot pressure tunnel of two-tapered wings with NACA 230-series airfoil sections, straight leading edges, and constant-chord center sections. Lift, drag, and pitching-moment coefficients were determined for the plain wing and for each flap arrangement for a range of Reynolds numbers. The results indicated that the wing with the square center section has greater maximum lift coefficients and increments of maximum lift due to flap deflections than the wing with the rectangular center section.
Date: October 1943
Creator: Fairbanks, Richard W. & Alexander, Sidney R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flight Tests to Determine the Effect of Taper on the Zero-Lift Drag of Wings at Low Supersonic Speeds

Description: Report presenting the results of tests to determine the effect of taper on the zero-lift drag of wings of constant exposed aspect ratio at low supersonic speeds. Findings indicated that maximum thickness, leading-edge, and trailing-edge sweep are all important in determining the drag coefficient of a tapered wing.
Date: July 13, 1947
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R. & Nelson, Robert L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Flight Tests to Determine the Drag of Fin-Stabilized Parabolic Bodies at Transonic and Supersonic Speeds

Description: Report presenting testing on parabolic bodies of revolution of two fineness ratios in the transonic and supersonic range. One had a body fineness ratio of 7.87 and one had a ratio of 12 and were tested under different Mach number ranges. Experimental results and drag estimates of various portions of the body are provided.
Date: April 21, 1948
Creator: Alexander, Sidney R.; Chauvin, Leo T. & Rumsey, Charles B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department