Wind-tunnel tests of wing flaps suitable for direct control of glide-path angle

Weick, Fred E

Preliminary tests have been made for the purpose of obtaining a flap arrangement suitable for direct and immediate control of the steepness of the glide path of an airplane, a use for which present flaps are not satisfactory. An attempt has been made to develop a flap giving a reasonably high maximum lift coefficient with relatively low deflection and maintaining this value of the maximum lift coefficient with a large increase of deflection, the increase in deflection being accompanied by a large increase in drag. An arrangement was found that gave a maximum lift coefficient of approximately 1.90 for all flap deflections between 25 and 80 degrees, within which range the drag of the wing increased regularly to a large value.

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