The reaction on a float bottom when making contact with water at high speeds

H. C. Richardson
naca-tn-288
May 1928


Tests were conducted to investigate the possibility of a serious accident arising from unintentional contact with the water in substantially horizontal flight at high speed. Referring to vector diagrams on Figure 2, it will be seen that a very dangerous condition may arise if the float be allowed to come in contact with the water at high speeds as, for example, when flying at high speed just above the water. The initial diving moment due to suction and drag combined may be great enough to cause the seaplane to nose under before the pilot is able to control the motion. The same test data indicate clearly the existence of forces and moments tending to produce the phenomenon observed by Mr. Carroll (Technical Note No. 287) when the maneuver is carried out at lower speeds, as in a landing.

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