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    There is nothing quite like using a low-aspect ratio wing on a plane which needs a high-aspect wing for fuel economy to achieve range and load demands.  One would have almost imagined that one of the requirements for the Stirling was climb rate to maximum achievable altitude, which is about the only thing that short wing would help.  One can only compare it to the wing design on the B-24, which was about the maximum for the time, in order to reach longer ranges.  Of course, that condemned it to deployment in those theaters of the war which received less prominence about the bombing air campaign than northern Europe, like the Med and the Pacific.  

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    by PrahaPartizan on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:47:35 PM PST

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