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Old 04-12-2006, 09:51 AM
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Default RE: my first EDF jet

Manufacturers use several methods for calculating wing area.
Some even include the wing center section (through the fuselage) in their calculations!
I ususally subtract the fuselage out. Full scale engineers don't include the fuselage as wing area.

But, becuase the shape of the F-16, the fuselage does provide quite a bit of lift.
So, your 1st diagram and calculations will work just fine.

My Byron F-16 is very difficult to stall becuase of the shape. It just goes into a nose high attitude and starts loosing altitude quickly!
Just add a bit of throttle, and it flies beautifully in high alpha.

For me, it is easiest to calculate a rectangle, then subtract out the triangular portions.