Wind-tunnel and flight investigations of the use of leading-edge area suction for the purpose of increasing the maximum lift coefficient of a 35 degree swept-wing airplane

Curt A. Holzhauser, Richard S. Bray
Jan 1956

An investigation was undertaken to determine the increase in maximum lift coefficient that could be obtained by applying area suction near the leading edge of a wing. This investigation was performed first with a 35 degree swept-wing model in the wind tunnel, and then with an operational 35 degree swept-wing airplane which was modified in accord with the wind-tunnel results. The wind-tunnel and flight tests indicated that the maximum lift coefficient was increased more than 50 percent by the use of area suction. Good agreement was obtained in the comparison of the wind-tunnel results with those measured in flight.

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