While this forum has been so quiet, I have been studying Rutan's designs, finding the asymmetrical Model 202 Boomerang (1996).
"It was designed by Burt Rutan to be a safe and efficient twin-engine aircraft that would not become dangerously difficult to control in the event of failure of a single engine.
..............In the Boomerang, all of the asymmetry is there to eliminate the asymmetry experienced during an engine failure. If an engine were to fail, the pilot doesn’t need to do much to maintain control. The airplane continues flying straight.
..............Rutan calls the Boomerang his greatest accomplishment in general aviation. He pretty much created the aircraft to be his own personal machine, and flew the plane for six years before hangaring it as other projects took his focus."
Here is my question for us to discuss:
How can asymmetrical planes fly?
I wonder how many aerodynamic challenges Rutan had to face during design and trim.
I know of one successful model of this design, which was awarded in the 2009 Toledo show:
2009 Non Military Sport Scale Plane Winners
The model is 1/5th scale with an 88 inch wingspan and is powered by two Saito 72 four stroke engines.