An aircraft of supersonic transport configuration is described, featuring thrust vectoring in conjunction with wing apex segments used as canard surfaces during takeoff, landing, and low-speed flight. The angle of incidence of the wing apex segments, when the segments were functioning as canard surfaces, was variable with respect to the aircraft angle of attack. The wing apex segments furthermore formed a portion of the main wing panel swept leading edge when not functioning as canard surfaces. The combination of thrust vectoring and deployable wing apex segments resulted in increased aircraft range and improved low speed longitudinal stability while providing acceptable takeoff length capabilities.
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Langley Research CenterNational Aeronautics and Space Administration
Hampton, VA USA 23665
- Coe, P J
- Publication Date: 0
- Pagination: 7 p.
- TRT Terms: Aircraft; Angle of attack; Angle of incidence; Leading edges; Patents; Supersonic aircraft; Supersonic transport planes; Traffic speed; Vehicle design; Vehicle performance
- Uncontrolled Terms: Aircraft design; Canard wings; Low speed; Thrust vectoring
- Old TRIS Terms: Aircraft performance; Longitudinal stability; Wing planforms
- Subject Areas: Aviation; Design; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00186562
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: PATENT-4 093 156
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM