A SURVEY of the information available regarding the application of the results of tests of models in towing basins to the design of floats for seaplanes was made by the National Advisory Committee lor Aeronautics in 1929. It was found that the development of flying boats and seaplanes had been assisted very much in the United States, and possibly more in other countries, by tests of models in towing basins or tanks (References 1 and 2). Some tanks already existed which were designed especially for testing models of seaplane floats and the construction of other tanks for this special purpose was projected (References 3 and 4). There was no such tank in the United States; in fact, there were only two tanks, both constructed before the appearance of the seaplane and designed originally to test models of ships. The construction in the United States of a special towing basin that could be devoted to tests of models of seaplane floats and hulls might reasonably be expected to be of great assistance in the further development of this type of aircraft, the importance of which appeared to be increasing.
Truscott, S. (1934), "The N.A.C.A. Seaplane Tank: The High‐Speed Tank at Langley Field, with Some of the Results Obtained", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 67-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb029783
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