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Feedback: How does a plane stay in the air?
« on: 23/07/2011 07:56:21 »
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As a novice radio controlled plane pilot this did not seem to be correct. e.g. it failed to deal with planes flying upside down or on their side. I googled and quickly found that this is the "Equal Transit Time" fairy tale. Here is the NASA explanation:

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Now have a look at what RC planes can do with completely _flat_ wings:

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or outdoors

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rather amazing, or not? It's also partly all down to the angle of attack, or more accurately the "decalage". Here is a fairly complete explanation of that topic:

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I suggest that the video be withdrawn to keep the NakedScientists standards top of the line.


PS @Chris Please move to a different forum if this one is not appropriate
« Last Edit: 14/08/2012 10:10:46 by chris »