Context: I am very interested in learning about the bell shaped lift distribution (BLSD) for the purpose of designing a flying wing with this lift distribution. This is the first academic topic I am attempting to learn about which isn't fully treated (to my knowledge) in some textbook. That being said, literature on the BSLD seems relatively scattered compared to what I am used to.


1)Could anyone outline the main resources/treatments of this topic.

2)All the information that I have found about the BLSD has been purely theoretical. How are wings created with this distribution in practice? Is there any literature on this?

  • $\begingroup$ I know it may seem odd but consider checking out "Modeling Science" section of "rcgroups.com". Also google "Nurflugel" and "TWITT" or "The Wing's The Thing". And of course "Al Bowers". $\endgroup$ May 1 at 3:11
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because it belongs on Drones.SE. $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    May 1 at 3:36
  • $\begingroup$ @quietflyer Thanks I'll definitely check those out! $\endgroup$
    – Justin H
    May 1 at 3:51
  • $\begingroup$ @RalphJ I removed 'RC' from the question, does this remedy the issue? $\endgroup$
    – Justin H
    May 1 at 3:54
  • $\begingroup$ Related: aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/62577/… $\endgroup$
    – Jim
    May 1 at 4:52


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