Body and Tail Moments in Spin: The Importance of the Shape of the Cross‐Section of the Fuselage

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Publication date: 1 August 1936


IN the May, 1933, number of AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING there was published an article by Korvin‐Kroukovsky on the uncontrolled tail spin, in which one of the main points put forward was that during a spin both the body and the tail were very largely shielded by the wings. It was then argued from this that danger might be expected more especially in the low‐wing monoplane type and also the biplane with big forward stagger of wings. At the time there was very little direct evidence on the effect of wings on body and tail moment although an early report on the “ Bantam,” an unstaggered biplane which had spun into the ground, had shown pretty clearly that it was the tailplane which was responsible for the complete blanketing or even reversal of the fin and rudder in a flat spin, and that this could be remedied by raising the tailplanc.


Irving, H.B. (1936), "Body and Tail Moments in Spin: The Importance of the Shape of the Cross‐Section of the Fuselage", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 8 No. 8, pp. 221-223.




Copyright © 1936, MCB UP Limited

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