1987-12-01

Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft – A Summary of Flight Research Since 1981 872315

The Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft (QSRA), designed for flight investigation into powered-lift terminal area operations, first flew in 1978 and has flown 600 hours since. This report summarizes QSRA research since 1981. Numerous aerodynamic flight experiments have been conducted including research with an advanced concept stability and control augmentation and pilot display system for Category III instrument landings. An electromechanical actuator system was flown to assess performance and reliability. A second ground-based test was conducted to further evaluate circulation-control-wing/upper-surface-blowing performance. QSRA technology has been transferred through reports, guest pilot evaluations and airshow participation. QSRA future research thoughts and an extensive report bibliography are also presented.

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