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What is the performance of a flat plate wing?

By flat plate I mean this: Source: Physics.SE Low performance indeed, but how much low? How would: The angle of attack, The speed range, The turn capability, The fuel consumption, Or other ...
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How does rudder size influence its ability to produce lateral lift?

Does anyone know how the area, height and width of a rudder affect how well it provides lateral lift? I've heard that the most effective rudders are around 35% of the vertical stabiliser MAC but is ...
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What is the relation between the Lift Coefficient and the Angle of Attack?

I'm trying to understand the relation between the Lift Coefficient and the Angle of Attack using PEP software for the A320 IAE. However, I notice that often for a given Angle of Attack, there could be ...
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Why are the aerodynamic characteristics of a finite wing different from the properties of its airfoil section?

Why are the aerodynamic characteristics of a finite wing different from the properties of its airfoil section?
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How do you determine the lift coefficient of a finite wing using the coefficient of an infinite one? [duplicate]

How assuming I know the lift coefficient of an airfoil/infinite wing, how do I then use this value to calculate the lift coefficient of a finite wing? Please quote your sources. Many thanks,
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What is the relationship between angle of attack and wake turbulence?

It is said that when the preceding airplane is heavy, clean, and slow, wake turbulence is much hazardous due to greater angle of attack is requried. However, why does increasing angle of attack result ...
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Does lateral stability decrease during transonic flight? If so, why?

I haven't got much more to explain other than the title of the question itself. This question was written down in my notes that I took while studying Principles of Flight for my EASA commercial ...

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