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  •  Strangely enough, WW2... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... saw the first successful application of 'spoilers' as the primary means of control in the rolling axis. The P-61 Black Widow had fighter-like handling characteristics, due to 'spoilerons' which stretched almost 1/4 of the span on the upper surfaces of the wing.

    The mighty 'Buff', of course, has no ailerons, either, using mid-wing spoilers to achieve the same effect!

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 02:11:54 PM PST

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    •  On a wing as flexy as the B-52's, (1+ / 0-)
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      ailerons could turn into trim tabs in twist, leading to control reversal. Although spoilers did not serve it so well in one particularly infamous crash...

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 02:42:23 PM PST

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