XV-11A Flight Test Program
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIV MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPT OF AEROPHYSICS AND AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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The performance, stability, and control characteristics of the XV-11A aircraft were evaluated. The aircraft incorporates a number of unique design features including FRP construction. It is concluded that the use of FRP construction can provide a vehicle with complex surface curvature and a minimum of protuberances within the restrictions of a moderate cost, limited production construction program. The difficulties experienced with the structure of the XV- 11A were associated with the use of bonded joints between the stressed skin and the many ribs, frames and stiffeners. Predicting the structural integrity of these joints and controlling their quality during construction represents a major obstacle to the extensive use of this material in a limited production program.
- Research and Experimental Aircraft