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Rectangular vs Tapered vs Elliptical Wing planform

  1. Feb 5, 2014 #1
    I wonder what are the advantages and disvantages of the rectangular, tapered and elliptical wing planforms.
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    I wonder if this is a homework question.
  4. Feb 5, 2014 #3
    No, I am planning to select the adequate wing planform for a project. We are designning a small cargo plane. But I just know that the elliptical wing has the best lift distribution, the tapered wing reduce the induced drag, and the rectangular is more economically and easier to manufacturate.
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    pegus. You have summed up the situation very well.
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