1967-02-01

Pilot Comments on Variable Geometry Aircraft 670879

This paper discusses some of the more significant factors which affect the design and flying qualities of a variable geometry aircraft. These comments were prepared by a test pilot currently involved in testing a variable geometry aircraft and are not as detailed as one might expect from a design engineer's viewpoint. The selection of a wing pivot location is discussed along with longitudinal stability characteristics. The comments on flying qualities of a variable wing aircraft include trim changes and buffet boundary limits with wing sweeps, performance gains, operational flexibility, and cockpit controls. In addition, some suggestions for future application of the variable geometry principles are made.

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