Accession Number : ADA119566

Title :   Limited Assessment of Macchi MB-326H Handling Characteristics without Tip Tanks Fitted.

Descriptive Note : Flight test rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Sadler,P L

PDF Url : ADA119566

Report Date : Apr 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : Aircraft Research and Development Unit identified a requirement for an aircraft which displayed unique handling characteristics. The aircraft is to be used for pre-test pilot course training. A Macchi MB-362H was modified by removing the tip tanks and fitting tip fairings. Flight tests demonstrated that, although the handling characteristics in normal flight were not markedly affected, the better lateral response and increased performance made the modified aircraft more pleasant to fly. Removal of the tip tanks made the aircraft's erect spin much more oscillatory, and on occasions the gyrations were violent. Nevertheless, the aircraft always recovered quickly from the spin when standard spin recovery action was taken. As a result of the changes to the handling characteristics, the modified aircraft could be used to provide pre-test pilot course training. Operating procedures and limitations to be imposed when operating the aircraft in the modified state were also determined during the test programme. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Jet training aircraft, *Aerodynamic characteristics, *Handling, Flight maneuvers, Spinning(Motion), Recovery, Fuel tanks, External stores, Retrofitting, Modification, Fairings, Wings, Training aircraft, Australia

Subject Categories : Training Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE