1154. Why Fly Supersonically?

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Paper

R D Mijares, J C Salvaggio: 1154. Why Fly Supersonically?. In: 36th Annual Conference, San Diego, California, May 9-12, pp. 7, Society of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc., San Diego, California, 1977.

 

Abstract

Some of the significant differences between contemporary subsonic and supersonic commercial aircraft are highlighted. Technical problems, unique to high speed flight, are presented, along with their effect on the mass fraction and center of gravity control. The potential speed benefit is contrasted against the environmental acceptability and economic viability of a commercial supersonic cruise aircraft. The far-term improvement in mass fractions, due to technology advancements in materials, active controls and propulsion, are projected, with their resulting impact on the aircraft.

 

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