What is the shallowest angle of glide in aircraft?
What Do you mean? Yaw, roll or pitch? Aside from that, the answer depends on the plane and the conditions.
Do you mean the best glide ratio? Thats where the L/D is maximum. You can plot L/D vs AoA.
My first thought was that he meant AoA itself. Of course, then his question wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, but then again, it doesn't when you interpret it a glide ratio either... oh well.
This will, by definition, result in the shallowest glide angle.
A glider can typically cover 40ft for a drop of 1 ft.
An F-16 fighter jet will do only 1:1 (a good reason to have an ejection seat).
If that. We used to watch the viper drivers do FO's into Pope in the early 90s, and they were something to see. We'd thought they simply pancake, but they were simply maintaining or building enough airspeed for a flare.
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Ah... walking to the airfield. Thank God he didn't have to.
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