Flight Test Studies of the Formation of Trailing Vortices and a Method to Accelerate Vortex Dissipation,
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION
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A flight test program has been conducted to measure experimentally parameters which describe the characteristics of vortex behavior and their instability. Three basic atmospheric flight conditions were investigated steady level flight in calm air, steady level flight in light gusting air and light winds, and unsteady flight produced by control surface oscillations in calm air. The results provide additional experimental verification of the existence of vortex wake instability predicted by theory.
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