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I have chosen to do my book report on the book The Grumman X-29 by Steve Pace for a couple of reasons Ive seen the X-29 in flight at an air show and was mystified by its wing design I asked myself how could something like that fly at all This book shed some light on the mysteries of how the X-29 flies and performs I am going to tell you a little about the book and the X-29 so sit back relax and enjoy the fruits of my reading labor The X-29 is a single-engine aircraft 481 feet long Its forward-swept wing has a span of 272 feet Each X-29 was powered by a General Electric F404-GE-400 engine producing 16000 pounds of thrust Empty weight was 13600 pounds while takeoff weight was 17600 pounds The wing substructure and the basic airframe itself are aluminum and titanium Wing trailing edge actuators controlling camber are mounted externally in streamlined fairings because of the thinness of the supercritical airfoil The aircraft had a maximum operating altitude of 50000 feet a maximum speed of Mach 16 and a flight endurance time of approximately one hour Overall VFC like the forward-swept wings showed promise for the future of aircraft design The X-29 did not demonstrate the overall reduction in aerodynamic drag that earlier studies had suggested but this discovery should not be interpreted to mean that a more optimized design with forward-swept wings could not yield a reduction in drag Overall the X-29 program demonstrated several new technologies as well as new uses of proven technologies These included aero elastic tailoring to control structural divergence use of a relatively large close-coupled canard for longitudinal control control of an aircraft with extreme instability while still providing good handling qualities use of three-surface longitudinal control use of a double-hinged trailing-edge flap at supersonic speeds control effectiveness at high angle of attack vortex control and military utility of the overall design
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