Full scale drag tests on various parts of Sperry Messenger airplane

Fred E. Weick
Jan 1928

The drag of a Sperry Messenger airplane with the wings removed, and also the drag of its various component parts, was measured in the 20-foot air stream of the N.A.C.A. propeller research tunnel at air speeds from 50 to 100 m.p.h. It was found that the three-cylinder radial air-cooled engine nearly doubled the drag of the bare fuselage, and the drag of the landing gear was about the same as that of the fuselage and engine combined.

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