F-4 Phantom and the Case of the Bent Tailplane...

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  1. MichaelHenley

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    OK, this may be a bit stupid, it might not...

    Why does the F-4 Phantom have a bent tailplane? Ive never seen it on any other aircraft before or after it. It cant be like the A-10's tailplanes, used to deflect SAMs. So? What is it for?
     

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    The guys who designed the aircraft figured it added stability though out the aircraft's operating ranges...
     
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    Sounds reasonable to me, Joe. Probably factors like airflow and drag coefficients. Plus it just looked cool that way! ;)
     
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    Yep, I asked the same thing of one of the guys I used to fly with...
     
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    Someone at ATC made a model of an F-4 and put the tailplane on upside down and back to front. Fools! :rolleyes:
     
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    Dang straight! I don't think there's much that can take on the Phantom for reputation/looks/awesomeness.
     
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    What an idiot. I hope they did that on purpose.
     
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    martyn never really did know what he was doing though ;)
     
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    No, but it was built by a woman which partly explains it ;)
     
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    Wow, that is just bad.
     
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