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Flight investigation of the stability and control characteristics of vertically rising airplane research model with swept or unswept wings and x- or +-tails

Description: The take-off, landing, hovering, and transition flight characteristics of a propeller-driven, fighter-type, vertically rising airplane model were obtained from time histories of the flights and from the pilots' opinions of the flight characteristics. In general, there were no major differences in the behavior of any of the configurations, all of which performed satisfactorily.
Date: October 1, 1956
Creator: Kirby, Robert H
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Exploratory investigation of the effectiveness of biplane wings with large-chord double slotted flaps in redirecting a propeller slipstream downward for vertical take-off

Description: Results are presented from static-force tests on biplane wings with large-chord double slotted flaps which turn the slipstream of a single counter rotating propeller downward for vertical take-off. The investigation provided information on the effect of chord length, flap deflection, propeller position, end plates, fuselage, and ground proximity on the efficiency of the wing system in turning the propeller slipstream.
Date: October 1, 1956
Creator: Kirby, Robert H
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stability and Control Flight Tests of a Vertically Rising Airplane Model Similar to the Lockheed XFV-1 Airplane

Description: This paper presents the results of an investigation of the dynamic stability and controllability of a model which approximately represents the Lockheed XFV-1 airplane to a 1/8 scale. The investigation consisted of hovering flights in still air at a considerable height above the ground, hovering flights very close to the ground, vertical take-offs and landings, flights through the transition range from hovering to normal forward flight, and sideways translational flights. The model could be flown smoothly and easily in hovering flight despite the fact that the uncontrolled pitching and yawing motions were unstable oscillations. There was a noticeable reduction in the controllability of the model when hovered very close to the ground but take-offs could be made easily and landings on a g,ven spot could be made accurately in spite of this adverse ground effect. Flights through the transition range from hovering to normal forward flight could be performed fairly easily. The model seemed to have stability of angle of attack and angle of roll over most of the transition range. The yawing motion was divergent in the very high angle-of-attack range but could be controlled easily. At the lower angles of attack, the model seemed to become stable in yaw. In sideways flight there was an increasingly strong tendency to diverge in roll as the speed was increased and finally, at a speed of about 25 knots (full scale), the model rolled off despite efforts of the pilot to control it.
Date: January 1, 1954
Creator: Kirby, Robert H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department