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Container, Free Drop, Map and Photo

Corporate Author: Republic Aviation Corp
Date of Publication: 1960-09-30
Pages: 15
Contract: DA 19-129-qm-1529
AD Number: AD0284609
Original AD Number: AD-284 609

Abstract:
The design, fabrication and flight testing of a series of containers for dropping maps and photos from a flying aircraft to the ground are reported. The initial aerodynamic container design produced unpredictable flight stability patterns. Stability was found to be dependent upon flight attitude and forward speed at the point of release as well as the distance between the ce ter-of-drag and the center-of-gravity of the unit. The balance of the program reinforced this deduction. The materials of construction evaluated in this program proved to be acceptable.

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