Surface Effect Take-Off and Landing System (SETOLS) Subsonic Static Stability Out of Ground Effect
DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD AVIATION AND SURFACE EFFECTS DEPT
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The effect of a deployed air cushion landing gear on the stability of a high performance aircraft was studied at the Naval Ship Research and Development Centers 8 x 10 foot subsonic wind tunnel. Air cushion designs submitted by Bell Aerospace Corporation and Boeing were fitted to a ten percent scale A-4E and air cushions designed by Goodyear two configurations, San Diego Aircraft Engineering Incorporated SANDAIRE, and Bell were fitted to a ten percent scale F-8C. The effects of the air cushion landing gear ranged from minor destabilization, to very detrimental destabilization on both aircraft in the landing approach configuration.