By Darrol Stinton
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When the particles are swept along they have the lowest velocity relative to the aeroplane and exert the highest pressure. When they are in the process of returning to their undisturbed condition their relative velocity increases, and the pressure begins to drop. The pressure distribution over the surface of the body is therefore a function of the relative velocity, and it is that velocity which is used in aerodynamic calculations. In this way two quite different situations may be treated in the same way mathematically, but although a fixed body in a wind-tunnel can have the same aerodynamic laws applied to it as an identical body in motion through air, we must not fall into the lazy trap of confusing the one with the reality of the other.
It is therefore harder to balance, suffering from tighter loading restrictions. When designed to be agile and handy, manually controlled tailless aircraft are among the least stable. As a consequence, without artificial stability, or special shaping to make them inherently stable (which diminishes control authority), they tend to be far more ‘twitchy’ in pitch than those with separate stabilizers. (picture) Plate 4-4 Grumman Northrop B-2A strategic, stealthy operation, bomber. The unusual shape is no scatter the returns of incoming electromagnetic radiation, and to shield its own emissions (see also Appendix E).
Occasionally one still finds a specification being written around a completely new aircraft that has been designed and built as a private venture. Such was the practice on several notable occasions before World War II. Two of the most famous aeroplanes so designed were the Supermarine Spitfire and the de Havilland Mosquito (Fig. 25). Apart from the private venture, the specification gives the designer his first ideas of how big and how heavy the eventual aeroplane will be. We shall, therefore, now look at some of these aspects of interpreting the requirements that determine what form the configuration will take.
Anatomy of the Aeroplane by Darrol Stinton