Register here

Author Topic: Armstrong Whitworth Tail-First Fighter Project  (Read 1115 times)

Offline Schneiderman

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 1129
Re: Armstrong Whitworth Tail-First Fighter Project
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2019, 12:02:25 pm »
Yes, I agree with that 100%

Offline riggerrob

  • CLEARANCE: Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 270
  • I really should change my personal text
Re: Armstrong Whitworth Tail-First Fighter Project
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2019, 08:36:39 pm »
A fin up front! If I remember correctly, every junior student in the aerodynamics will learn, that a vertical fin on the front of an aircraft will lead to serious instability. Such an aircraft will never be able to fly.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Agreed!
Only one engineer has designed a successful rhino rudder and it only worked on one of this designs.
After a couple of attempts, Burt Rutan finally got a rhino rudder to work on his Defiant push-me-pull-you light twin (4 to 6 seats). Defiants still have fixed vertical fins (Witcomb winglets) mounted well-aft on their main wing tips.
Defiants are stable in turbulence as long as pilots keep feet off rudder pedals. When feet "fix" the rhino rudder, Rutan Defiants "hunt" directionally.
About 10 Defiants have been built from plans.