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  •  It's fundamentally the same thing (3+ / 0-)

    Ailerons change the shape of the wing's surface over which  air is moving.

    Wing warping, which requires a flexible surface on the wing (typically fabric) did the same thing.

    Ailerons would be more appropriate for rigid (i.e., metal sheathed) wings. Although I'm more into the fluid flow aspects rather than the aeronautical aspects, I would think ailerons, because of their construction, would be capable of withstanding greater forces than a flexible wing would.

    I see from Wikipedia (for what it's worth) that the invention of ailerons predated the Wrights, but earlier inventors were not really successful at using ailerons to develop a functional controlled flying machine until after the Wright's research (and that of others) had helped move the science of controlled flight forward.

    •  In theory yes, in practice no (3+ / 0-)

      Warping the wings wasn't really a very good idea. The Wrights were way ahead of the curve on a lot of things, but not this one.

      Granted it worked (sort of), but most other aircraft designers stopped using it well before the Wrights gave finally gave it up.

      It's the classic example of "we've always done it this way".

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:43:59 PM PDT

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