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  •  Very nice diary Major... (2+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, RiveroftheWest

    I think the two designs - The "split flap" and Krueger flap" look pretty unsuitable for any modern aircraft.  You forgot one cool design - manual airspeed operated leading edge slats.   The A-4 Skyhawk has these, and while being simple and reliable, airspeed operated slats can give a pilot the cold sweats fast when one of them decides to stick and not deploy at the designed airspeed...   Just my 02 cents from experience working on those little hot rods....

    What you allow, is what will continue.

    by Nebraskablue on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 12:39:37 AM PDT

    •  They still use Krueger flaps (2+ / 0-)
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      ER Doc, Nebraskablue

      The A300 has them on the inboard leading edge, with slats on the outboard leading edge.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 04:43:03 AM PDT

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