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what are the advantages and disadvantages of conventional tail configuration? [duplicate]

I amd a student and I dont know much. So,I need the pros and cons of having a conventional tail configuration over other configuration.
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What is a 'deep stall' and how can pilots recover from it?

West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 which crashed in 2005, fell victim when their plane encountered a deep-stall. From my understanding, only certain planes can 'deep-stall' How can pilots recover ...
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How does an aircraft tailplane work?

How does an aircraft tailplane keep the aircraft stable, and prevent it from tipping over? Also, how does the lift generated by a tailplane compare to that generated by the wing?
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Why do T- tail airplanes have a shorter vertical stabilizer?

Airplanes with a T-tail design have a shorter vertical stabilizer than the conventional design , what is the reason?
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Why do trijets (3 rear engines) usually have a T-tail instead of a normal tail?

I'm thinking of trijets like the Tu-154, which has three jet engines in the rear. Not something like L-1011 Tristar which has only one engine at the rear. Tu-154: Source: Wikipedia L-1011 TriStar: ...
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Why did the F-104 Starfighter have a T-tail?

The F-104 Starfighter was launched in 1954, nine years after WWII. It had short stubby wings and a T-tail. According to wiki, the short stubby wings caused inertia coupling and the T-tail reduced this....
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What is (theoretically) the most efficient shape for an aircraft, assuming you don't have to carry any cargo?

Assuming that you don't need to have any large piece on the underside dedicated to storage area/people (as all planes do) and you don't care about stability, what is the most energy efficient form for ...
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What airframe design is best for stormy weather?

Consider picking a plane for weather study. This plane will intentionally fly into weather systems (e.g. inside the eye of a hurricane) to collect scientific data. It will be equipped with on-board ...
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Why are the Antonov An-124 horizontal stabilisers directly behind the wings?

With the wings being on the same plane as the horizontal stabilisers, turbulent air from the wings would interfere with the airflow over the elevators making them flutter. Surely putting the ...
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What are the advantages of the Cri-Cri's tail and fuselage design?

I have some questions regarding the Cri-Cri design. If some of them can't be answered directly, I would like to read what theory says about it. Why is a T-tail used? What are its advantages for an ...