1968-02-01

Aerodynamic Development of the Cessna 177 680199

The Cessna Model 177, introduced into the single engine, low cost market in the fall of 1967, has been designed to meet the objectives of styling, visibility, flying qualities, and performance by the use of a cantilever wing, more rearward wing placement, and an all-movable horizontal tail.
Desired improvements in visibility by moving the wing aft relative to the pilot required a more forward center of gravity envelope and the all-movable tail was incorporated in the design as the best configuration to handle this requirement. Flight test development of the airplane is discussed and included adjustment of the tab size for the best compromise of maneuvering and static stability. Other changes included reduced dihedral, increased vertical tail area, and refinements to reduce drag.

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