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Aerodynamic forces, moments, and stability derivatives for slender bodies of general cross section

Description: From Introduction: "The present paper employs an approach believed to be novel in slender-body theory and is concerned with developing formulas for the forces and moments as well as the stability derivatives for general slender wing-body combinations."
Date: November 1954
Creator: Sacks, Alvin H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An airborne indicator for measuring vertical velocity of airplanes at wheel contact

Description: From Introduction: "The purpose of this paper is to describe one of the means developed for measuring this quantity on a given airplane type- a trailing arm with wheel. A prototype velocity indicator was tested in the Langley impact basin to determine its accuracy. A description of the operation of this type of vertical-velocity indicator, the results of the impact-basin and flight tests, and general evaluation of the indicator are presented herein."
Date: February 1953
Creator: Dreher, Robert C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An analysis of the airspeeds and normal accelerations of Martin M-130 airplanes in commercial transport operation

Description: From Introduction: "Acceleration and airspeed data obtained from V-G records collected during commercial transport operations (references 1 and 2) are being analyzed in some detail to determine the flight loads and operating speeds as functions of airplane, route, season, and prewar and wartime operations."
Date: September 1948
Creator: Walker, Walter G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Aerodynamic forces, moments, and stability derivatives for slender bodies of general cross section

Description: From Introduction: "The present paper employs an approach believed to be novel in slender-body theory and is concerned with developing formulas for the forces and moments as well as the stability derivatives for slender wing-body combinations."
Date: November 1954
Creator: Sacks, Alvin H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Aerial navigation : on the problem of guiding aircraft in a fog or by night when there is no visibility

Description: Report discussing the use of magnetic fields and wire to navigate aircraft in conditions of poor visibility is presented. This field may be considered to be derived from a double lemniscate, considered in the particular case where the origin is a double point formed from the magnetic field of the slack wire, from the field produced by the return currents and from the field due to the currents induced in the conducting mass. These fields are dephased in two ways, one in the direction of the wire, the other in a direction perpendicular to it.
Date: January 1922
Creator: Loth, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Additional test data on static longitudinal stability

Description: From Summary: "The purpose of this investigation was to explore the influence of weights of the controls on the stability with elevator released. The available test data were extended to stability with elevator locked. In this connection the study of the propeller effect seemed of vital importance."
Date: August 1934
Creator: Hubner, Walter
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Aerial transportation

Description: Report discussing the origin of air traffic dates from the war. The important development of aeronautic industries and the progress made in recent years, under the impelling force of circumstances, rendered it possible, after the close of hostilities, to consider the practical utilization of this new means of economic expansion.
Date: February 1922
Creator: PIERROT
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The aerodynamic wind vane and the inherent stability of airplanes

Description: Report discussing the design of the wind vane described rests on the following line of reasoning: An airplane, originally in equilibrium about its C.G. is assumed to be deflected from this position through an angle (delta)i, the variation (delta)i being so sudden that the path of the C.G. and the airplane speed do not change while it is taking place. The aerodynamic forces acting on the wings, tail surfaces, fuselage, etc., which, as a whole, exerted a zero moment (M(sub G) = 0) about the center of gravity at the instant of equilibrium, now exert a moment M(sub G) not equal to 0.
Date: February 1931
Creator: Lapresle, A
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An analysis of life expectancy of airplane wings in normal cruising flight

Description: From Summary: "In order to provide a basis for judging the relative importance of wing failure by fatigue and by single intense gusts, an analysis of wing life for normal cruising flight was made based on data on the frequency of atmospheric gusts. The independent variables considered in the analysis included stress-concentration factor, stress-load relation, wing loading, design and cruising speeds, design gust velocity, and airplane size. Several methods for estimating fatigue life from gust frequencies are discussed."
Date: May 28, 1945
Creator: Putnam, Abbott A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Analysis of Wing Truss Stresses Including the Effect of Redundancies

Description: Report discusses airplane wing trusses are generally designed to contain redundant members (stagger wires and external drag wires) which, according to common practice, are not taken into account in calculations, so as to simplify the stress analysis by rendering the structure statically determinate. A more accurate method, in which the redundancies are included, involves a solution by means of Castigliano's method of least work. For the purpose of demonstrating the practical application of the method of least work this report presents examples for stresses of several cases of loading worked out for a structure similar to that of the Curtiss JN-4h.
Date: 1921?~
Creator: Warner, E. P. & Miller, R. G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An Accurate Method of Measuring the Moments of Inertia of Airplanes

Description: From Summary: "This note contains a description of an improved apparatus and procedure used by the NACA for determining the moments of inertia of airplanes. The method used, based on the pendulum theory, is similar to that previously used, but a recent investigation of its accuracy has resulted in the improvements described herein. The error, when using the new apparatus and procedure, has been found to be of the order of 1 per cent."
Date: October 1930
Creator: Miller, M. P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Grumman Gulfstream

Description: This film discusses the Grumman Gulfstream airplane, its construction, and the qualities that make it useful, specifically for traveling business men
Date: unknown
Creator: Milligan, Richard & Joyce, William F.
Partner: UNT Media Library

Flight determination of the drag and longitudinal stability and control characteristics of a rocket-powered model of a 60 degrees delta-wing airplane from Mach numbers 0.75 to 1.70

Description: Report discussing an investigation to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of a model of a tailless delta-wing airplane configuration with a leading edge swept back 60 degrees at a range of Mach numbers. Information about lift-curve slope, buffeting, drag rise, hinge-moment coefficients, transonic trim, and stability is provided.
Date: November 29, 1951
Creator: Mitcham, Grady L.; Crabill, Norman L. & Stevens, Joseph E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Generalized performance comparison of large conventional, tail boom, and tailless airplanes

Description: Report presenting an investigation to determine the performance of large tailless and conventional airplanes. The primary conclusion drawn fro the testing is that large all-wing tailless airplanes may have better performance characteristics than their equivalent tail-boom airplanes for certain types of missions. Results regarding a general performance comparison, performance variations with structural weight, landing speed, and take-off distance, and performance comparison based on arbitrary design specification are provided.
Date: October 1947
Creator: Ankenbruck, Herman O. & McKinney, Marion O., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Further measurements of normal accelerations on racing airplanes

Description: This report details the acceleration data collected from racing airplanes during actual races. The data was collected in order to make recommendations regarding the structural safety of racing airplanes and the methods of operating racing airplanes that reduces the probability of subjecting them to extreme air loads. The records do not lead to any conclusions regarding maximum air loads.
Date: February 1936
Creator: Kirschbaum, H. W. & Scudder, N. F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An analytical study of sideslip angles and vertical-tail loads in rolling pullouts as affected by some characteristics of modern high-speed airplane configurations

Description: From Introduction: "The rolling-pullout maneuver (any maneuver in which rolls occur during high g flight conditions) has been shown to be pertinent to design considerations from the standpoint of the loads produced on a vertical tail (refs. 1 to 3). In order to understand this problem better, the results of an analytical study of effects of large variations of some of the lateral-stability-derivative coefficients on the maximum angle of sideslip at first peak of its oscillation are presented in this paper. Also, expressions for estimating the effects of small variations of or errors in these coefficients on the maximum sideslip angle have been developed and are presented. "
Date: October 8, 1953
Creator: Stone, Ralph W., Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

An analytical investigation of the effects of elevator-fabric distortion on the longitudinal stability and control of an airplane

Description: From Summary: "The results of an analytical investigation to determine the qualitative effects of elevator-fabric distortion on the stick-force characteristics of an airplane are presented. These results indicate that serious alteration of intended stick-force characteristics can be produced by elevator-fabric distortion."
Date: May 1944
Creator: Mathews, Charles W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Analytical study of modifications to the autopilot of a fighter airplane in order to reduce the response to side gusts

Description: From Introduction: "This study was the basis for the present paper which deals with means for compensating the roll and yaw response to side gusts of a fighter airplane in combination with an autopilot. Results are presented which compare the response to side gusts of the original and compensating autopilots; the responses to commands are presented also."
Date: March 1956
Creator: Mathews, Charles W. & Adams, James J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department