Recent ideas on the possibilities of supersonic flight without significant sonic boom are reviewed in the context of application to a large supersonic airliner. The idea of a third-generation supersonic transport designed for overland operation at Mach numbers greater than two without sonic boom annoyance and derived from a second-generation conventional overwater supersonic transport is introduced. The derivative airplane would share a common propulsion system, major features and subsystems, and would exploit the same technology base. It would require the addition of a large wing glove at the wing leading-edge inboard and substantial changes to the fuselage. An airplane designed for coast to coast flight across the United States would not need as large a takeoff gross weight as its intercontinental parent, but the effeiciency of the airplane would be reduced because of design compromises necessary to reduce sonic boom substantially.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  United States  10523
  • Authors:
    • SIGALLA, A
    • Runyan, L J
    • Kane, E J
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 163-179
  • Serial:
    • Acta Astronautica
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 1-2
    • Publisher: Pergamon Press, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172802
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM