The assumption is made that a skeleton or cutaway center section is desirable for forward vision and to determine the effect of such mutilation upon performance the following work was done. The airplane used was a Vought VE-7 and in addition to the cutaway center section a system of end plates or fins was installed. Various conditions and combinations were investigated in level flight and in climb. It is found that the greatest difference in the conditions investigated was a drop of 12.5 per cent in a 10-minute climb while the effect upon level speeds was negligible.
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