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The design of tailless airplanes


Dore, Frank (1947) The design of tailless airplanes. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology.


This paper reviews the various sources of information pertaining to the design of tailless airplanes. The particular topic of any report or memorandum is illustrated by its application to the problems encountered in the design of a given airplane. The subjects mentioned are the determination of the sweepback angle, aspect ratio, taper ratio, twist, dihedral, airfoil section, spanwise loading, and aerodynamic center of the wing; the control elements; and the fuselage and fillet for high speed aircraft.

To illustrate the application of the source material the design of a tailless supersonic airplane is considered. The slow speed wind tunnel tests of the 1/12-scale model are included in the report.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Nagamatsu, Henry T.
Thesis Committee:
  • Nagamatsu, Henry T. (chair)
  • Sechler, Ernest Edwin
  • Bowen, William H.
Defense Date:1 January 1947
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12092008-152833
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:4914
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Deposited On:08 Jan 2009
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:12

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