Some effects of frequency on the contribution of a vertical tail to the free aerodynamic damping of a model oscillating in yaw

John D. Bird, Lewis R. Fisher, Sadie M. Hubbard

The damping in yaw and the directional stability of a model freely oscillating in yaw were measured tail-off and tail-on and compared with the values obtained by theoretical consideration of the unsteady lift associated with an oscillating vertical tail. A range of low frequencies comparable to those of the lateral motions of airplanes was covered. The analysis includes the effects of vertical-tail aspect ratio and the two-dimensional effects of compressibility.

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