Aerodynamic Investigation of C-141 Leading Edge Modification for Cruise Drag Reduction. Volume 1.
Final technical rept. Jun 77-Sep 78,
LOCKHEED-GEORGIA CO MARIETTA
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A study was made of the aerodynamic design and high speed wing tunnel investigation of wing leading edge modifications for cruise drag reduction on the C-141 aircraft. Also investigated were the effects of a wing swept tip extension and trailing edge anti-drag bodies. These modifications were tested in the AEDC 16-Foot Transonic Facility, using a 0.044 scale C-141B model, to determine the effects on C-141 cruise aerodynamic characteristics and wing chordwise pressure distributions. Design of the leading edge modifications was based on the use of transonic wing theory, transonic airfoil theory and experience previously gained with a two-dimensional airfoil leading edge modification program. Force data results were analyzed to determine the effects on C-141 cruise drag, drag rise characteristics and cruise performance. Correlations were made with transonic theory using the measured chordwise pressure distributions. A fuel and cost savings evaluation was made of the selected leading edge configuration based on measured and predicted cruise performance improvements.
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