A Flight Test Investigation of Direct Side Force Control.
Final technical rept.,
CORNELL AERONAUTICAL LAB INC BUFFALO N Y
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The concept of developing a controllable side force by deflecting the rudder and utilizing asymmetrical drag to cancel the resulting yawing moment was flight tested using the USAFCAL variable stability T-33 airplane Primary objectives of the investigation were to mechanize a system that allowed direct control of side force, qualitatively evaluate the usefulness of direct side force control and evaluate the type of controller that might be useful in its employment. Three methods for the pilot to control side force were provided a thumb controller mounted on the stick, the aileron stick and the rudder pedals. The method of generating and controlling side force studied in the investigation is feasible and lends itself to the high drag configurations normally used in dive bombing. It was concluded that direct side force control significantly improved the pilots ability to acquire and maintain a target, and therefore should be further investigated as a method of improving weapons delivery accuracy and general flight path control. Author
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