woberto Report This Comment
Date: August 23, 2014 08:23PM
The bird in that position will glide.
The plane will fall to the ground like a stone. It has fuck all lift and needs
thrust as all times.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: August 25, 2014 01:22PM
That is incorrect. What creates lift is airspeed and angle of attack and all
fixed wing aircraft have a glide ratio, which is probably classified for that
plane. If the thrust is gone then the airspeed drops off and must be compensated
by the angle of attack. Without power it will be headed down on a slope but not
just fall out of the air.
Rich and Janos, Skunk Works, pgs 30-31, 46 Report This Comment
Date: August 25, 2014 11:47PM
Highly-stealth aircraft like the F-117 Nighthawk are aerodynamically unstable
in all three axes and require constant flight corrections from a fly-by-wire
(FBW) flight system to maintain controlled flight.