Wind-tunnel investigation of the contribution of a vertical tail to the directional stability of a fighter-type airplane

Alfred A. Marino, N. Mastrocola

Contributions of vertical tail and fuselage to directional stability are determined from pressure distributions measured over wide ranges of angle of attack and angle of yaw with stabilizer in each of three vertical positions, with stabilizer removed and with both stabilizer and vertical tail removed. Results point out inadequacies of current design methods and show that more accurate methods must treat separately contributions of vertical tail, fuselage area above stabilizer, and fuselage area below stabilizer.

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