JOURNEY IN AERONAUTICAL RESEARCH: A Career at NASA Langley Research Center

Monographs in Aerospace History, Number 12

William Hewitt Phillips

William Hewitt Phillips, January 1945, age 26, then head of the Stability and Control Branch, Flight Research Division.

 

 

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List of Figures
 
CHAPTER 1. Introduction .
 
CHAPTER 2. Early Life Through the College Years.
Parents and Early Years.
College Years.
 
CHAPTER 3. Setting for the Research Work at Langley.
History.
Description of Surroundings.
First Assignments in Flight Research.
 
CHAPTER 4. Flying Qualities.
Flying Qualities Tests.
Stall Tests.
Brewster XSBA-1 Airplane.
Short-Period Longitudinal Oscillations.
Spiral Instability.
Snaking Oscillations.
Rudder Deflection Required for Trim.
Progress in Flying Qualities Research.
Static Longitudinal and Directional Stability.
 
CHAPTER 5. Analytical Studies.
Graphical Solution of the Quartic Equation.
Solution of a Nonlinear Problem.
Computation of Lateral Oscillation Characteristics.
 
CHAPTER 6. Problems Encountered as a Result of Wartime Developments.
The Quest for Reduced Control Forces.
Flettner Tabs, Servo Tabs, Spring Tabs, and Whirlerons.
Research on Closely Balanced Controls.
A Control Surface Hinge-Moment Balancing Mechanism.
A Spoiler Operated Servo Control.
The Introduction of Swept Wings.
 
CHAPTER 7. Effects of World War II on Research Activities.
Effect of the War on Living and Working Conditions.
Some Effects of the War on Research Activities.
 
CHAPTER 8. New Ideas-The Fruits of Research.
The First Piloted Simulator Used for Research at Langley.
Roll Coupling.
A Method for Determining the Moments and Products of Inertia of Full-Scale Airplanes.
Towed Bodies.
 
CHAPTER 9. Unsteady Lift.
Spring-Tab Flutter.
Effect of Unsteady Lift on Snaking Oscillations.
 
CHAPTER 10. An Automatic Aileron Trim Device for Personal Airplanes.
Development and Tests of the Trim Device.
 
CHAPTER 11. New Areas of Research.
The Wing-Flow Technique.
Power Controls and Pilot-Induced Oscillations.
Human Response Characteristics.
Landing Studies.
 
CHAPTER 12. Measurement of Turbulence in the Atmosphere.
Analytical Studies of the Accuracy of Turbulence Data from Flight Records.
Measurements of the Spectrum of Atmospheric Turbulence Over a Large Range of Wavelengths.
 
CHAPTER 13. Gust Alleviation.
Background and Analysis of Gust Alleviation.
Design and Test of a Gust-Alleviated Airplane.
Analytical Studies of Additional Problems.
Future Possibilities of Gust Alleviation.
Review of Work by Rene Hirsch.
Later Studies by Other Investigators.
 
CHAPTER 14. Lateral Response to Random Turbulence.
Modeling the Turbulence.
Calculation of Response.
 
CHAPTER 15. Accident Investigations.
BAC-111 Crash Near Omaha, Nebraska, on August 6, 1966.
Crash of Convair B-58 Bomber.
Accidents of the Republic F-105 Thunderchief Airplane.
Analytical Study of the F-84 Following Accident in High-Speed Flyby.
Accidents of the Beech Bonanza Involving In-Flight Structural Failures.
 
CHAPTER 16. NACA Flight Research on the Vought F8U-1 Airplane.
Results of the Last NACA Flying Qualities Investigation.
 
CHAPTER 17. A Couple of Bloopers!.
Improving on the Wright Brothers.
Relearning the Laws of Angular Momentum.
 
CHAPTER 18. Administration of the Langley Research Center.
Organization of the Center.
NACA Reports.
Approval and Support of Research.
The Committee Organization of the NACA.
Formal NACA Conferences.
Preparation of NACA and NASA Talks.
Meetings of Professional Societies.
Meetings with Visitors.
 
CHAPTER 19. Dawn of the Space Age.
 
References.
 
APPENDIX I. Early Autobiography.
 
APPENDIX II. Bibliography of Reports by William Hewitt Phillips.
NACA or NASA Reports.
Papers Other Than NACA or NASA Reports.
Unpublished Papers in NASA Langley Research Center Library.
 
APPENDIX III. Solution of a High School Geometry Problem.
 
APPENDIX IV. Solution of Quartic Equation in Terms of Two Parameters by Use of Charts.
 
Index.
 
About the Author.


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