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Old 03-25-2020, 11:41 AM   #528 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Piotrsko View Post
If you're high enough, Spins are non events in the B2, the split ailerons open up really wide and double as airbrakes when landing. Never thought to ask about stalls because all my experiments with flying wings showed my designs to be bobble stalls or high alpha sink.

I thought the YB 49 broke up inflight during descent.

The Gee-Bee has aileron reversal in high angle of attack conditions, ie around pylons or landing. Not good juju.
The program I saw didn't go into the details of the event, only that it occurred during stall testing, and that the plane never recovered. Evidently, all the Northrup flying wings suffered the same shortcoming, and since they were considered aerodynamically unstable, it took microprocessor technology to put the genie back in the bottle. No matter the pilot did with the yoke, the fly-by-wire system would prevent angle of attack from ever approaching burble point and impending stall.
'Not good juju',no kidding!
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