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A Look at Handling Qualities of Canard ConfigurationsThe first human-powered flight was achieved by a canard-configured aircraft (Wright Brothers). Although other canard concepts were flown with varying degrees of success over the years, the tail-aft configuration has dominated the aircraft market for both military and civil use. Reviewed are the development of several canard aircraft with emphasis on stability and control, handling qualities, and operating problems. The results show that early canard concepts suffered adversely in flight behavior because of a lack of understanding of the sensitivities of these concepts to basic stability and control principles. Modern canard designs have been made competitive with tail-aft configurations by using appropriate handling qualities design criteria.
Document ID
19870013196
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Anderson, Seth B. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1986
Subject Category
AERODYNAMICS
Report/Patent Number
A-86332
NAS 1.15:88354
NASA-TM-88354
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 505-43-01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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