Rigid Tow Bar for C-82 Type Aircraft

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Report Number: WADC TR 52-167
Author(s): Jones, Arthur G.
Corporate Author(s): Flight Control Laboratory
Laboratory: Flight Control Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1952-08
Pages: 31
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Identifier: AD0004527
AD Number: 4527

Design and flight tests of a Rigid Tow Bar for towing a glider by the C-82 type aircraft were conducted. It is concluded that this towing method has considerable advantages over rope tow in that: it can be used for all weather flying, the equipinent is much easier stored and would outlast rope many times. Flying the G-15 behind the C-82 in rigid tow, in general, requires less pilot technique than flying it behind the C-47 or C-46 in rigid tow, particularly drring take-off. One of the disadvantages of this bar was the necessity of adding ballast to the nose of the C-42 to compensate for the additional weight on the tail.

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