A study of taking off and landing an airplane

Carroll, T

This report covers the results of an investigation carried on at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics for the purpose of discussing the various methods of effecting the take-off and the landing of an airplane, and to make a direct analysis of the control movements, the accelerations, and air speeds during these the maneuvers. The recording instruments developed at the laboratory were used in this test and the records obtained by them were made the basis for a comparative study of the two extreme methods of taking off (the tail-high and tail-low methods) and of various types of landings. The records should be of considerable value to a student pilot in enabling him to visualize the movements of the controls and the consequent effect upon the air speed and acceleration.

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