How many "V" tails entered production?

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  1. Capt. Vick

    Capt. Vick Well-Known Member

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    Was wracking my brain tonight trying to get to sleep and I was trying to answer the following: Are the Beech Bonanza and the Fouga Magister the only two aircraft to enter production with a "V" tail?
     
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    The F-117 and UAV aircraft like the Global Predator have 'em...

    I think the Global Hawk has an inverted V tail...or it might be the other way around.
     
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    I believe the F-117 has a V tail.


    Dang GG beat me to the draw!
     
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    Good calls guys! The UAV has the inverted V-tail GG, btw.

    I seem to remember other types with them...need to check up on some sources about that. Offhand the He 162 would 'almost' fit into the category, although technically, she was a double tailed with V-form tailplanes..

    Not counting the gap between the tailplanes , the YF-23 might almost fit the category too....
     
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    #5 Capt. Vick, Aug 19, 2009
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    How could I have missed the F-117? :oops: Thanks for that one!

    And I'll give you the "Black Widow II" A4K. I was thinking of one set of control surfaces that do the work of two. Another good one - that's thinking outside the box, BUT sadly it did not enter production... I always thought it looked the better of the two.
     
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    Interesting thread Vick. How many aircraft produced meet your criteria of "entered production?" There are many 'one-offs' but numbered production varieties are certainly very limited. However, here's another, the Robin ATL of which 132 were manufactured...

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    Robin ATL - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    #7 vikingBerserker, Aug 19, 2009
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    The Germans had been playing with V tail concepts for a while. Even the Me262 and He162 had conceptual designs with a V tail. The next step for the Me262 was to have the engines moved into the wings and a V tail at the end of a slightly lengthened fuselage.

    No surprise though, the V tail was first done by a Polish engineer back in the 30's.
     
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    the Predator's got an inverted V-tail. and the Hawk's got an upright one.
     
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    Ahh..ok, so I had it backwards.

    Thanks!
     
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    I never heard of the Robin ATL. Interesting "kite", even had forward swept wings. Hey, that may be another thread...Ju 287, X-29, Robin Atl, Hansa jet(?). Perhaps for another sleepless night.
     
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