Zero tailplane

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  1. rogerwilko

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    Any particular reason for the Zero tailplane being so far forward on fuselage? [​IMG]
     
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    Very probably so the rudder isn't blanked out in a spin, but that's a guess on my part.

    Not sure I've ever seen an explanation in print.
     
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    #3 Shinpachi, Jul 13, 2014
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    A Zero researcher says "As the angle of attack increases, directional stability reduces because the vertical stabilizer/rudder is hidden by the horizontal stabilizer(tailplane) and it will easily cause spin as a result. In order to avoid this, position of each stabilizer must be shifted back and forth slightly.

    Image: Before and After of the improvement
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    interesting...thanks shinpachi
     
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    I agree, thanks for that info my friend!
     
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    You are welcome, bobby and David!

    As Greg guessed, this seems have been a common knowledge among monoplane designers at that time.
     
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