Maneuverability investigation of an F6C-4 fighting airplane

Dearborn, C H Kirschbaum, H W

In order to compare the relative maneuverability of two fighting airplanes and to accumulate additional data to assist in establishing a satisfactory criterion for the maneuverability of any airplane, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics has conducted maneuverability investigations on the F6C-3 (water-cooled engine) and the F6C-4 (air-cooled engine) airplanes. The investigation made on the F6C-3 airplane was reported in NACA-TR-369. This report contains the results of the investigation made on the F6C-4 airplane. A comparison of the results with those obtained in the investigation conducted on the F6C-3 airplane shows that: with practically the same speed and control movement, the F6C-4 completed a loop in 10 per cent less time than did F6C-3; in dives, the F6C-3 increased its speed more rapidly than did the F6C-4; and the minimum radius of turn was found to be 135 feet at 61.5 miles per hour for the F6C-4, and 155 feet at 76 miles per hour for the F6C-3.

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