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Minimum sink speed and maximum endurance speed

Minimum sink speed applies to gliding. It is based on the aerodynamic characteristics of the aircraft. Minimum sink speed is generally less than Vbg. The glider is not gaining distance as ...
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Minimum sink speed and maximum endurance speed

It depends on the characteristics of the engine. Minimum sink speed is the speed for minimum power required. If your fuel consumption is generally proportional to power, then yes it should be very ...
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Drag breakdown of a typical civil airplane wing

At best L/D, an aircraft (with a simple parabolic polar) has half induced and half parasite drag. If half the parasite drag is from the fuselage -- and you are flying at best L/D, then we can say that ...
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