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So you want to know whether a given aircraft will initially yaw to the left or to the right when struck by a sudden gust of wind from the left. Where should the pivot point be in a wind-tunnel model? It should be at the C.G., assuming that you are modeling the aircraft in flight and not in some other configuration such as rolling along with some portion of ...


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Robert has answered the question quite well, but I will elaborate: Taking off into a strong headwind is not difficult as such, but as Robert (and John as well, in less subtle way :) pointed out, taxiing in strong wind, however steady it might be, is a real pain it the seat of the pants. Since the question is about taking off, lets assume the plane would (...


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"Fairly steady" wind is the only wording that would make it even remotely considerable, with risks of being ground looped or blown over while taxiing. One scenario may be a light GA plane taking off from a moving aircraft carrier. Tricycle gear would be a tremendous advantage, as this would help keep the wing at a very low angle of attack to the ...


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The main challenge would be the long walk back to the airport, assuming you could still walk, after your airplane was blown like a tumbleweed into the next county. In other words, it's simply not something you would even try. Only very experienced or foolish pilots will even go out in winds approaching 50% of stall.


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