Besides the fact that symmetrical wings fly the same inverted as upright are there any other reasons why aerobatic planes prefer symmetrical wings? Can symmetrical wings achieve a higher critical angle of attack? Does the large ailerons on aerobatic aircraft have anything to do with it?

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    – Pondlife
    Commented Apr 30, 2018 at 18:41
  • $\begingroup$ BTW, not all aerobatic airplanes have symmetrical wings. Two that I've flown definitely do not, the Cessna Aerobat and the Citabria do not have symmetrical wings. You have to work hard to stay inverted. :) $\endgroup$
    – Devil07
    Commented May 2, 2018 at 13:33

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One goal for most aerobatic planes is neutral pitch stability, which eliminates any pitch response related to air speed, which allows for clean straight lines during dives or climbs without requiring elevator adjustment for speed.

Cambered airfoils produce a pitch down torque which increases with speed, and this would interfere with the goal of neutral pitch stability. This would be another reason for using symmetrical airfoils on aerobatic aircraft.


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