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Choose Low Speed Aerofoil

  1. Oct 2, 2007 #1
    i am doing a project on fly-by-wire and need a wing which creates great lift at low speed. i am got a couple choices on my hand but not sure which one to go for. can anyone suggest any others? eppler 61(?) and gottingen 639 are my choices. any offers? thanks.
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  3. Oct 4, 2007 #2


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    Welcome to PF, Mleesk.
    I'm afraid that I don't know what those terms mean.
    From a pilot's perspective, I'd look into whatever the German 'Stork' aeroplane used. That's the slowest thing that I've ever seen in my life. I'm old and have emphysema and arthritis, but I can probably still run faster than its take-off speed. I once saw one flying backward over a runway because it had a 20mph headwind.
  4. Oct 4, 2007 #3
    thanks for the reply. i think this could be something i am looking for. i will look into it. thanks again.
  5. Oct 5, 2007 #4
    Is that the one that supposedly could land crossways on a berlin boulevard?
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    Jeez that runway was short!

    Yeah, but sure was wide...

    Ba dum bum.
  7. Oct 5, 2007 #6
    Zenith Zodiac CH701

    This is a stol airplane that uses flaps and leading edge slats. The designer (Chris Heinz)might even help you out with a drawing.
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    I haven't heard that before, but I wouldn't doubt it. With any kind of decent headwind, it was capable of VTOL performance.

    Good catch, Dave. :rofl:
  9. Oct 5, 2007 #8
    not only type of airfoil, its geometrical structure also effect the lift generated
  10. Oct 6, 2007 #9
    I may have that bollixed up. I was thinking of Hanna Reisch's flight out of Berlin; I don't know what plane she used. The Stork was the one Skorzeny used to get Mussolini off the mountaintop prison.
  11. Oct 20, 2007 #10
    Try Lissaman airfoils. Micheal Selig's lab at IndianaU works with low speed aerodynamics, google it and you may find a nice airfoil there (there's a nice database).
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