Accession Number:

AD0257571

Title:

DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS FOR PREDICTING V/STOL AIRCRAFT CHARACTERISTICS

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VEHICLE RESEARCH CORP PASADENA CALIF

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Report Date:

1960-12-15

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Analyses are developed which enable prediction of the performance characteristics of a generalized spectrum of VSTOL aircraft. The analyses also define optimum configurational features within this broad spectrum. A resolution to the conflict between the hovering and forward flight regimes is provided by the analysis. Both aerodynamic and structural weight aspects are investigated. These two basic factors are analyzed separately, and then combined to provide an integrated analysis as a basis for quantitative performance prediction. The analysis defines quantitatively the performance potential of any VTOL vehicle as a function of its geometry, operating conditions, and weight. This unique potential is charted to illustrate the various trade-offs in performance characteristics available to the operator. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE