Effects of the Installation and Operation of Jet-Exhaust Yaw Vanes on the Longitudinal and Lateral-Directional Characteristics of the F-14 Airplane
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER
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An investigation was conducted in the Langley 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel to determine the effects of the installation and operation of jet-exhaust yaw vanes on the longitudinal and lateral-directional characteristics of the F- 14 airplane. The model was tested at Mach numbers from 0.70 to 1.25 at angles of attack from 0 deg to 4.3 deg. Compressed air was used to simulate nozzle exhaust flow from jet off up to a nozzle pressure ratio of 8. The results of the investigation show that the yaw vanes can augment the rudders to provide directional control, but further investigation will be necessary to optimize the deflection schedule associated with the various nozzle power settings. Installation of the yaw vanes also resulted in a drag penalty that will have to be considered in determining the overall benefits of the yaw vanes.
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