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Airplane Takeoff Performance


Martin, Victor John (1936) Airplane Takeoff Performance. Master's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/JQD0-EW36.


In this paper a general equation for calculating the takeoff performance of landplanes is developed in terms of the usual airplane parameters.

The analysis enables the ground effect, wind and atmospheric conditions, altitude, and the use of flaps to be taken into account. A simple and rapid method is presented for the determination of the best flap angle to be used for takeoff.

Variation in takeoff performance due to changes in any of the airplane or engine-propeller characteristics is readily determined through the introduction of a new takeoff acceleration parameter.

A method for calculating the propeller speed, engine power, and thrust variation for both fixed-pitch and constant-speed propellers is included, and a new significance is given to the thrust versus square of velocity curve for takeoff computations.

Examples are included to illustrate the use of the analysis in solving the various takeoff problems.

Item Type:Thesis (Master's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautical Engineering
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Unknown, Unknown
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1936
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-03142005-145716
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:951
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:14 Mar 2005
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 23:03

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