Wing Warp (was Re: Air France Concorde ...)

Date:         16 May 2001 17:45:17 
From:         inet@intellisys.net (brian whatcott)
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Hmmm.... on the Wright Flyer, the trailing edge which was warped lower
dropped, and the other wing lifted.
 This was a design feature revived for another low power low stall
airplane: Gossamer Condor, whose designer tipped his cap towards the
Wrights.

Brian Whatcott

On 19 Apr 2001 16:40:14 , westin*nospam@graphics.cornell.edu (Stephen
H. Westin) wrote:

>> > Uh, to first order, planes don't turn thanks to the rudder, but thanks
>> > to having been banked.
>>
>> Actually they do turn because of the rudder, why do you think its there?
>
>To keep things pointing in the right direction. The Wright brothers
>developed a glider that would turn by warping the wings: one wing went
>up, the other down, and the lift vector would make the aircraft
>turn. Unfortunately, the high-lift wing would also have increased
>drag, so the whole plane would yaw back the wrong way.
/snip/
>-Stephen H. Westin
Brian Whatcott   Altus OK
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