Re: Question on flying wing aerodynamics (NGAD)

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Message posted by Crammy Jr (Member since 11/14/2021) on May 31, 2023 at 7:20:46 PST:

The X-31 demonstrator first flew in 1990 to explore the limits of thrust vectoring. To quote Wikipedia:
"Eventually, simulations and flight tests on one of the X-31s showed that flight would be stable without the vertical fin, because the thrust-vectoring nozzle provided sufficient yaw and pitch control."

If we had a stable platform that wouldn't need a vertical stab in 1990, I would reason that 30 years of development would lead to this being implemented into the next generation fighter concept. I could be wrong, but I would be SHOCKED if we had a vertical stab

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In Reply to: Re: Question on flying wing aerodynamics (NGAD) posted by Rob on May 31, 2023 at 6:20:46 PST:


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