Sudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4169 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3282 times:
was looking at a Batman movie a few days ago, and could not stop thinking about the shape and forms of his aircraft, or what I should call it.
Made me think about if this thing would actually fly considering the shape of the wings. Would they produce any lift?
I am looking at this from a tech. point of view, and I say it would not be able to fly due to the shape of the wings, but on the other hand, the fuselage itself would probably create a lot of lift so the wings does not need to take all the lift.
As long as the wings have a cross section profile that's shaped like an airfoil with the upper surface curved more that the lower surface ...... I think it would produce enough lift to fly .... especially if the fuselage is also shaped like an airfoil..... unless it just weighs to much!
It also looks like it wouldn't produce a lot of drag either, atleast the overall Form Drag and Parasite Drag would probably be low. I'm not sure what the drag would be like in the form of wing tip vortices?
If you're thinking that the wings are to thin to have a good enough airfoil design to produce lift .... just think of the F-104 Starfighter's wings.
Jetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2620 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2716 times:
It would probably fly, but not very efficiently. Aerodynamically it is closer to Concorde than anything else ("Holy slender deltas, Batman"). The interaction between the twin vortices coming from the split leading edge, meeting somewhere near the cockpit, would be interesting.
If the batplane had a wing shaped like a bat it would fly quite well. Bats don't have any trouble flying. Unfortunately Batman appears to have styled his vehicles after his logo.
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