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New Type Prototypes

Thu Apr 11, 2002 11:49 pm

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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RE: New Type Prototypes

Fri Apr 12, 2002 12:10 am

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.

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