Analysis and prediction of longitudinal stability of airplanes

Gilruth, R R White, M D

An analysis has been made of the longitudinal stability characteristics of 15 airplanes as determined in flight. In the correlation of satisfactory and unsatisfactory characteristics with determined values, the derivative that expresses the ratio of static-restoring moments to elevator-control moments was found to represent most nearly the stability characteristics appreciated by the pilots. The analysis was extended to study the effects of various design features on the observed stability characteristics. Design charts and data are included that show the effects on longitudinal stability of relative positions of wing and tail, fuselage size and location, engine nacelles, and horizontal-tail arrangements.

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