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Is a winglet better than an equal span extension?

Is there indisputable evidence that a winglet improves performance over an equal span extension? Please note: I am only interested in L/D improvements. Winglets do improve roll performance, that is ...
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Is induced drag essentially nothing more than a specific type of form drag?

If I were standing outside on a windy day holding a flat rectangular object such as a food tray up in the wind, orthogonal to the direction of flow, the drag created would be classified, mostly, as ...
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Does the downwash created by induced drag increase or decrease lift?

According to the theory I know, lift is produced by accelerating air downwards at the trailing edge (downwash). Hence, as downwash increases so does lift. Induced drag is due to vortices at the wing ...
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How do Hoerner Wingtips work?

I was just reading up about different methods of reducing drag through the different wingtip designs when I come across Hoerner Wingtips. So after some research, I have two questions. According to ...
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Why does the vortex created by wing affects its own angle of attack?

According to potential flow theory, we know that the lift generated by the wings is due to the vortex it creates. In case of a 3D finite wing, there is also a span wise flow due to tip leakage from ...
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Is induced drag caused because of the tilt of the wing backwards?

In this question: Why is induced drag less on a high span wing? In the answer it was stated that wing tip vortices do not cause induced drag. If this is the case then what causes the induced drag. ...
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Is it possible to eliminate induced drag completely?

According to Wikipedia an airfoil of infinite length would create zero induced drag. Therefore, would it be possible to make a wing that creates no drag if you ignore viscous effects (skin friction) ...
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How can I calculate effective wingspan of a high aspect ratio model airplane?

I've heard of people talking of wingspan and effective wingspan. Considering: L = Lift Coefficient . 1/2 Rho . Velocity ^ 2 . Surface Area, I understand that tip ...
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How can the 777X's longer wing reduce vortices? [duplicate]

I saw the following on this web page: The purpose of the longer wing is to reduce drag caused by vortices, or wake turbulence, that form at an aircraft's wing tips. The less drag, the greater the ...
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How does downwash bend airflow down? How can wing-tip vortices reach the airflow in front of the wing? [duplicate]

Wing-tip vortices only start occurring when the pressure difference on the two sides of the wing starts. Wouldn't this mean that by the time the downwash from the vortices is acting on the airflow it ...