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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 935 times:

Why do most prototype planes drag what looks like a piece of wire, with something attached to it, from the top of their fins? And what is it?

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User currently offlineFredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 922 times:

If most prototype planes do it, I'm not sure. But it is quite common during flight testing to have a probe wire trailing behind the aircraft to acquire air data in the aircraft's wake.

Cheers,
Fred



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