If I want to design an aircraft that can fly with high speed while loaded, which tail type should I choose.

The mission is to design an aircraft that can move a certain distance with high speed while carrying certain load.

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    $\begingroup$ What does "high speed" mean? Supersonic? Transonic? Hypersonic? 200kts? $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Apr 17 '17 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ Every single aircraft can transfer some load some distance at some speed. Presumably. $\endgroup$ – Steve Apr 17 '17 at 16:50

Lose the tail.

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By Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  1. Split brake-rudders will do the trick.

  2. You can also try and beat NASA and Boeing to the Active Flow Control tails.

  3. Or just settle for a T-tail.

The horizontal tail plate effectively increases the aspect ratio of the fin by virtue of the 'end plate' effect. The T-tail configuration is especially popular on gliders.

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(Flight 1977—PDF) Early Boeing 757/767 designs featured T-tails to reduce drag.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks a lot :) I was hesitated about T-tail and conventional tail ,I'll choose T-tail then $\endgroup$ – mariam Apr 17 '17 at 14:57

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