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Could this "Wingless Dodo" fly in real life?

There is an old saying "If you put a big enough engine on it, you can make anything fly." The Lockheed Starfighter was a classic example of that. With its short stubby wings it is basically a guided ...
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Could this "Wingless Dodo" fly in real life?

The minimum speed of a Cessna 152 is 43 knots while the maximum speed is 110 knots. If the wing area is reduced to one half of its original size, and we accelerate to twice the minimum speed, the ...
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Could this "Wingless Dodo" fly in real life?

This depends on if you modify the wing or not. If you are asking the question: If you chop 3/4 of each wing off will a plane still fly? The answer is more or less no. The wings simply won’t ...
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Why did Cessna use a new design for the C162, instead of updating the C150 design?

I think there are a couple reasons: 1) Weight, and 2) the Type Certificate. For #1, the original C-150 is roughly 100 lbs too heavy (in empty weight). That's a bit over a 10% reduction, which is ...
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