A wing is enough: An improved flying wing based on a bell-shaped lift distribution

Flying wings are aircraft without a fuselage and tail assembly. They stand out from conventional aircraft due to their optimised aerodynamics and significantly lower fuel consumption. But these special aircraft also have downsides. They are difficult to steer and are prone to entering a spin. Based on a design developed by the Horten brothers in the 1930s, passionate model aircraft flyer Ivo Zell constructed a flying wing with stable flight behaviour. The young researcher tested the flight characteristics of this flying wing experimentally and theoretically. Therefore own flight test sensors and instrumentations were developed and built. His research results could contribute to making civilian air travel less harmful to the environment.

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Ivo Zell

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