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Airplane with 2 wings stacked on top of each other.

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Was the Space Shuttle aerodynamically neutral while piggybacking, or did the combination act like a giant biplane?

Trying to investigate this question, I see that 'Ask the Captain' says: The weight of the shuttle is calculated like any payload. The 747 produces enough lift to fly and to carry the weight of ...
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Why do most biplanes have their top wing slightly forward of the lower wing?

In most of the biplanes, the top wing is located a little forward of the lower wing. What is the use of this? Also, how does this affect stability of the aircraft.
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What is the make and model of this biplane?

This photo is of one of my friend's great grandfather: We wish to commemorate a museum in his name as he was a highly regarded person in his area, so we wish to show this photo in the museum with ...
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Has a commercial or military jet bi-plane ever been manufactured?

Are there any, or have there ever been any commercial/military jet bi-planes? What would be some of the major advantages vs disadvantages if one was built? Electric radio controlled ducted fan model. ...
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What special handling characteristics or techniques do biplanes have?

How does flying a biplane differ from flying a monoplane? Apart from the increased drag and lift, how does it handle differently, and what effect does that have on manoeuvring? In particular, I'm ...
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Can you identify this 1920s or 30s biplane?

Can you identify this aircraft from the 1920s or 30s I think? On the back of the photo it says “Taken at Nanking, after flying from Hong Kong to Shanghai”. I don’t know who the pilot is. My ...
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What is this strut in biplane rigging, attached only to wires, not bearing any load?

A few biplanes like the Stearman have a strut parallel to the fuselage, halfway along the rigging's landing wires and flying wires, not fastened to the airframe, not bearing any obvious load. One on ...
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Can anyone identify this 1910s era biplane?

I tried a number of searches with absolutely no luck. I remember a few that looked sort of similar without that smooth aerodynamic nose and body. I did try at least. If this helps, the individual ...
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Can someone identify this biplane?

My grandfather in the back seat apparently.
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What is this old biplane?

Can anyone identify this aeroplane? Location is Cordoba, Argentina.
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Why does the Beech Staggerwing have its low wing ahead of the high wing?

Why does the Beech Staggerwing have its low wing in ahead of the high wing? What are the aerodynamic ideas behind this? Other biplanes of the era had the opposite, low wing behind the high one.
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What is this biplane?

What is this biplane shown above?
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Can anyone identify this crashed Swallow biplane?

Can anyone identify the model of this Swallow biplane? On August 14, 1929, my great grandfather, Humphrey Woods, was fatally injured in the crash of a plane piloted by Thomas Tobiason. The plane was ...
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Why do older airplanes have a wing on both the top and the bottom of the aircraft?

The first airplane by the Wright brothers had a double wing. This concept continued through World War 1 and into the 1930s - why was this concept popular?
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Why does wingwalking use only biplanes?

Wingwalking is an aerobatic discipline with shows such as this one. The definition of wingwalking from Wikipedia gives no other alternative than using biplanes: Wing walking is the act of moving ...
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What is this RAF biplane, and where was the photo taken (possibly in the 1920s)?

My grandfather is in the middle row. He joined the RAF as a boy entrant in 1920. He served in Iraq 1924-27 and India 1927-29 so I suspect by the uniforms this is from one of those postings.
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What are the disadvantages of a delta wing biplane design?

The idea of a delta wing as I understand it is to reduce stress on the wing and drag on the leading edge. Now using two delta wings on separate planes, on one frame would presumably allow for a ...
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Why are/were there almost no tricycle-gear biplanes?

A friend recently asked me: are there any tricycle-gear biplanes? After hunting around, we found the Waco AVN-8, but that's all. This causes me to ask: is there an aerodynamic or other design ...
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Can anyone identify this biplane with distinct wind screen?

I'm trying to identify the aircraft in this photo of my great grandfather. The photo would have been taken during the mid to late 1920s, possibly early 1930s. He lived in Utah (not sure this helps?). ...
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Identify this USAAF biplane

I have been unable to match this USAAF biplane with a similar photo mainly due to the cockpit canopy. I've found no other like it. I believe the photo was taken at Madison, WI or Chicago, IL in the ...
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Help identifying my great grandfather’s biplane

I was wondering if anyone could identify the plane my great grandfather (Francis W. Reed) is standing in front of? The picture was probably taken in Indiana.
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Can you identify this plane from 1920 and prior vintage?

My grand uncle, that is my grandfather's brother had a flight school and performed in barnstorming shows somewhere in the midwest and it's not a Jenny. His name was Ralph Bloxham and is seen with his ...
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Can anyone identify this pusher biplane?

This plane was probably built around 1912. I do not know by what company built this. Does anyone know what airplane this is?
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Can anyone identify this biplane from 1920s-1930s?

It was my grandfather's, but he is no longer around to ask. He lived in Nebraska.
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Were there any folding wing biplanes?

Given that several nations had operational carriers by 1920 and biplanes were still in military service, were there any folding wing biplanes? Wikipedia: United States first purpose built aircraft ...
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Take-off and landing a Waco Standard Cabin QDC

I'm sure you hear it all the time: Someone's writing a book and want to know how to fly a plane. I'm no different in that regard. However, I have a specific plane: a Waco Standard Cabin QDC, 1931. ...
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Can anyone identify this biplane in 1940s Orange, MA?

The picture was taken at Orange Municipal Airport in Orange, MA, in the 1940's. I can't identify the logo either.
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Identify the Albatros in this photo

I posted this question in History SE: https://history.stackexchange.com/q/71705/60022. And it was suggested that I post a related question here. I'm a member of Austin Sängerrunde which is a German ...
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Lift distribution on biplanes

This Wikipedia page about biplanes says in a wing of aspect ratio 6, and a wing separation distance of one chord length, the biplane configuration will only produce about 20 percent more lift than ...
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Would biplanes be of use in VSTOL applications? What is the down side to biplanes? ex. Bush Pilots or VSTOL competitions

I feel like bush pilots and VSTOL competition aircraft could use biplanes to work much better. Granted, range and speed are decreased, but besides overall efficiency, what is the down side to biplanes?...
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Advantages of an inverted sesquiplane?

A biplane whose lower wing is significantly shorter in span than the upper is sometimes called a sesquiplane, from sesqui "one and a half." One whose upper wing is shorter (even slightly, ...
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Can anyone help identify this old 1930s plane?

I would like to identify this plane, if anyone can help? All I can tell you is that it is from an old photo album and probably an English Airshow in the 1920's or 1930's.
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What biplane of the Army Air Reserve is in this picture?

This is the second example of the biplanes they flew. Can anyone identify this biplane flown by the 476th pursuit squadron "The Black Falcons" of the 322rd pursuit group of the Army Air ...
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What kind of antique WWI aircraft model is this? Inventor's prototype?

I've discovered an interesting WWI era model of an aircraft and I am trying to find out what could it be. It is 29" long and it looks like not a hobby model, but an inventor's prototype. I love the ...
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What is this early biplane?

This is a 1910-1920 biplane that landed at Oregon Agricultural College. now Oregon State University. I've cropped out some of the people and horses. Thank you[]
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What biplane is this a model of?

What biplane is this a model of?
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Can anyone identify this Biplane flown Army Air Reserve stationed at Clover Field, Santa Monica, California in mid the 1920's?

Can anyone identify this biplane flown by the 476th pursuit squadron "The Black Falcons" of the 322rd pursuit group of the Army Air Reserve stationed at Clover Field, Santa Monica, ...
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Any biplane flying wings after 1914?

Were any biplane flying wings built and flown after the 1912-1914 variants of the Dunne D.8? If not, why? Wikipedia mentions merely that this type was too stable and insufficiently controllable, but ...
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Can anyone identify this plane?

Can anyone please help me identify this biplane? The photo was taken in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. I can’t seem to find anything.
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What is the function of cross bracing of interplane strut?

Pic 1 is the top and lower wing of a biplane called Bloop Ultralight,what is the function of the cross bracing between the interplane struts as seen in pic 1(I'm not talking about landing and flying ...
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Can anyone identify this biplane from a TV show?

Could someone help identify this biplane from a TV show, please? No other scene / camera angle is available though.
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What's this biplane built by a 16-year old?

I was told that this plane was built by a 16-year old in the 90s. Ever since, I've been bent on finding the specifications, name, etc., of this airplane with no success.
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What closed-cockpit biplane is this model modelled after?

What closed-cockpit biplane is this model modelled after?
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What is the make and model of this plane?

I came across this picture taken in the late 1920s. Could you please help identify the make and model of this plane. Thanks.
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What is this biplane from an old photo?

Can anyone identify this biplane.
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Is the "wing area" of a biplane the projected area or the total area?

When you specify the wing area of a biplane, do you specify the planform area (the projected area) or do you specify the effective area of both the wings?
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Would it be beneficial for the Boeing 777x to have a biplane wing design?

The Boeing 777x has huge wings to generate lift even to the point of having to have a hinge and being able to bend them. Would it not be advantageous to have 2 wings like a biplane or one behind ...
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Would it be a good idea to use dihedral on a biplane?

My engineering class uses model plane kits to build "frankenflyers" which use parts from multiple model planes to make one plane that will carry a maximum load (pennies). I was wondering what the best ...
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Can anyone identify this biplane?

This biplane from the 1930s is from an English airshow. Can anyone identify it?
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Can someone identify this biplane from 1920-21 taken in Arkansas?

Can someone identify this biplane? It was taken in late 1920 or early 1921 when my grandfather was barnstorming in Arkansas. My grandmother and aunts are also in the photos. Additionally, can someone ...
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