Test 242: SCAT-15F

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From about 1950 on, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration directed a considerable amount of aerodynamic research towards the attainment of a commercially acceptable supersonic transport concept capable of cruise flight near a Mach number of 3.0. In 1959, the NASA presented a technical summary to the Federal Aviation Agency which indicated that the cruise phase of commercial supersonic flight was technically feasible for the ranges under consideration. The conflicting aerodynamic requirements presented by off-design conditions led to the study of a variety of configuration concepts. These concepts, designated as supersonic commercial air transports (SCAT) 1 through 19 with variations, included variable- sweep wing, variable- sweep auxiliary wing panel, and fixed wing arrangements. A summary and index of the experimental characteristics of the NASA SCAT concepts are contained in NASA TM X-1329.

One of the most promising configurations was the SCAT-15F. This configuration was tested in the 16-Foot transonic Tunnel during two test entries in early 1969. The reason two entries were required was because a drive control motor burned out and had to be repaired. The effects of many configuration parameters (drooped nose, canard, etc) on subsonic/transonic aerodynamic characteristics were studied.


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12/27/1968 to 1/16/1969

1969-01-10 Scat 15 1527 Configuration1969-01-10 Scat 15 1527 Configuration1969-01-10 Scat 15 1527 Configuration1969-01-10 Scat 15 1527 Configuration1969-01-10 Scat 15 1527 Configuration1969-01-16 SCAT 15F low apeal model1969-01-16 SCAT 15F low apeal model1969-01-16 SCAT 15F low apeal model1969 SCAT 15 1527 Configuration1969 SCAT 15 1527 Configuration


1/30/1969 to 2/7/1969

1969-02-06 SCAT 15 take off and approach configurationL-69-1492 SCAT-15F Test 242 19691969-02-06 SCAT 15 take off and approach configurationL-69-1493mod SCAT-15F 19691969-02-06 SCAT 15 take off and approach configuration1969-02-06 SCAT 15 take off and approach configuration
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