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Spin-Tunnel Investigation of the Spinning Characteristics of Typical Single-Engine General Aviation Airplane Designs. 1. Low-Wing Model A: Effects of Tail ConfigurationsThe effects of tail design on spin and recovery were investigated in a spin tunnel. A 1/11-scale model of a research airplane which represents a typical low-wing, single engine, light general aviation airplane was used. A tail design criterion for satisfactory spin recovery for light airplanes was evaluated. The effects of other geometric design features on the spin and recovery characteristics were also determined. Results indicate that the existing tail design criterion for light airplanes, which uses the tail damping power factor as a parameter, cannot be used to predict spin-recovery characteristics.
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Document Type
Technical Publication (TP)
Burk, S. M., Jr.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Bowman, J. S., Jr.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
White, W. L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1977
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-10-11-07
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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