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User currently offlineMriya225 From French Polynesia, joined Nov 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

Anyone out there ever flown an a/c with forward swept wings? I've had the mechanics explained to me but I'd like to understand the advantages or disadvantages from a pilots perspective. Can you feel the difference in flight? At what point are you able to manuever your aircraft with the forward sweep that a standard aft swept wing would not be sufficient? Would an aft swept wing be merely less than sufficient or would it be a liablity? What about disadvantages?
All replies will be greatly appreciated!


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User currently offlineDan-air From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2127 times:

err Kimberley - how many forward-swept airplanes are there that you know of? Any russian ones are there?  

There are only two that I can think of - one was the Darpa modified tigershark research vehicle and the other - Thunderbird 2!


User currently offlineMriya225 From French Polynesia, joined Nov 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

One Russian a/c with the forward swept wing design is the Sukhoi S-37 "Berkut" (a fifth generation, supersonic, fighter). I would swear I had seen pictures of a biz jet outfitted with forward swept wings recently, but general aviation doesn't really grab me so I didn't bother to find out it's make/model. I know this wing style is unusual but there are a few out there.

User currently offlineFr8tdog From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

The Bizjet that Mriya225 was talking about is the visionaire Vantage..... look at http://www.visionaire.com
its a Burt Rutan design. Who is one of the Greatest leading and cutting edge engineers of today. 


User currently offlineMriya225 From French Polynesia, joined Nov 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Fr8tdog,
You're an angel - thanks for the link!

Wow - when you said "cutting edge", you weren't just whistlin' Dixie! It's exotic, but really beautiful. I'm heading back to their site now to get a beat on the powerplant.





User currently offlineAaron atp From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

I was suprised to find hansa-jet pictures in the database. I think ~50 of these were made...


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Photo © John P. Stewart



User currently offlineMriya225 From French Polynesia, joined Nov 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2075 times:

What a cute little jet - (don't ya just love how I say that like I've got my own Super Hornet in the backyard?! You know, for those weekend "getaways").

User currently offlineC172sb From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

One of the NASA experimental planes has a forward sweep wing, its one of those X planes, X-31 or something. All I remember from aerodynamics class is that a forward sweep wing has to be really strong otherwise it will snap off. Most of these forward sweep wings are craved out of a single piece of metal, that way it is really strong and also very expensive. The forward sweep wing has a special property, I think it is higher maneuverable, but I am not sure. The reason you don't see it around is the cost to manufacture it is very high.

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