Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-1592
1999-04-20

Aerodynamic Effects of Oversized Tires and Tall Landing Gear on a Small General Aviation Aircraft 1999-01-1592

An experimental investigation was conducted to identify the aerodynamic effects of oversized low-pressure (Tundra) tires and tall landing gear on a Piper Super Cub airplane. Water tunnel and wind tunnel tests were performed using, respectively, a 1/20 scale model and full-scale landing gear and tire components. Force and moment data suggest that larger tires and taller gear most affect the drag and side force. Small trim changes are apparent, but the basic static stability behavior appears unchanged.

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