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Why are aircraft designed so that the wing stalls before the tail?

I read somewhere that conventional aircraft are designed so that the main wing always stalls before the tailplane. Why is that? My concern is that if the wing stalls, suddenly the tail will push the ...
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Why the ground effect has such a different outcome for wings and cars?

I have some confusion concerning the ground effect. If we take two applications: Aircraft and Cars, they seem to have completely opposite effects. Aircraft From Ground effect (aerodynamics), we can ...
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How complete is our understanding of lift?

I'm currently studying for my PPL and one of the accepted textbooks contains the following disclaimer at the end of the Principles of Flight section on lift: It is important to note that the forgoing ...
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why are there no production canard GA aircraft?

You see a lot of experimental canard GA aircraft, and their performance characteristics seem great. Why don't we see any production canard designs? EDIT For clarification. I'm asking about small ...
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How "powerful" is a wing tip vortex?

I know that aircraft generate wake turbulence and wingtip vortices, and the strength of those phenomena are related to the size of the aircraft, but how powerful are wingtip vortices in terms a non-...
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How could it be possible to fully prevent wing tip vortex formation? [duplicate]

I know that winglets and swept wings are ways to reduce the vortex that are currently in use on many aircraft. Are there any aircraft design concepts out there that completely eliminate the vortex ...
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How do the propeller blades accelerate air resulting in thrust to push an aircraft forward? [duplicate]

I do know that the blades on a propeller generate lift to provide a force pushing back on the air based on newton's law the 2nd. What I am having trouble understanding is how the blades generate ...
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The stronger the headwind the faster the plane flies if it is in the reverse command regime?

Revision 3. Clarifications, as required by moderators, added. The main reason for asking the question provided. Regarding the reverse command regime of a plane Assuming a plane hovers (ground speed $...
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How does the raked wingtip of the Boeing 787 work?

The wing tips are very different on these airplanes. The wingtip on a Boeing 787 is a sharp triangle, while the wingtip on a Boeing 737-300 is flat. British Airways Boeing 787-8 G-ZBJC wingtip | by ...
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Any info on very strange wing endings on this Stemme glider?

Do you have any info on this strange wing endings used on Stemme glider? Source
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Stalls: which flight control surface is effective last?

In an aerodynamic stall, which flight control surface (limited to ailerons, elevators and rudder) remains effective for the longest period of time during the stalling condition? In other words, which ...
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How do wings generate lift?

Just the basic question that every aviation enthusiast must be curious about: exactly how does a wing generate lift?
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How do paper airplanes create lift if their wings are flat?

Paper airplanes' wings are completely flat, unlike the droplet shaped curvature of a full sized wing. How does a flat wing generate any lift if both sides have the same air pressure?
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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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What are the pros and cons of a lift fan versus a helicopter?

F-35 uses lift fan which can create 20,000 lbs (9 tonnes) of lift in a small compact platform. I can see three or four of such lift fans that could lift a heavier plane and is seems better than a ...

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