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ReaganJ00 04-20-2017 08:57 PM

Tail Dragger vs Nose Dragger
 
I was thinking if there were to identical planes one tail dragger and one nose dragger wouldn't the tail dragger be faster since the nose dragger would have wheel pants??

YellowJacket RV9 04-20-2017 09:00 PM

According to Van's spec's page, yes, there is a slight (~2mph) difference, in the case of the RV-9/9A

http://vansaircraft.com/public/rv9perf.htm

bret 04-20-2017 09:04 PM

Do I need to go get some popcorn for this? :D

greghughespdx 04-20-2017 09:04 PM

In an all-else-equal world, yes. There's also a nose gear leg and fairing involved, of course. And it should be noted that there are many other factors and variables that will affect top speed.

Van's numbers tell the story. For example. look at the published performance numbers for the -8 and -8A:

http://vansaircraft.com/public/rv8perf.htm

RV8iator 04-21-2017 07:00 AM

Here we go.
 
Popcorn, check.
Guinness, check.
Beach chair, check.
Suntan lotion, check.


But the cool factor is worth at least another 2 mph.

Captain_John 04-21-2017 07:29 AM

I was wondering when this thread was going to begin getting replies.

I have been asking myself a similar question.

Which is better... Blondes or brunettes?

...the answer still eludes me!

;) CJ

...back to my condition inspection now! :p

Vlad 04-21-2017 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by Captain_John (Post 1167291)





Which is better... Blondes or brunettes?

...the answer still eludes me!

;) CJ

...back to my condition inspection now! :p

I like the topic. Get that inspection done and lead me some place. Us with training wheel need a TDer to lead. :D

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RV8iator 04-21-2017 07:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Vlad (Post 1167297)
I like the topic. Get that inspection done and lead me some place. Us with training wheel need a TDer to lead. :D

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Thanks Vlad. It had to be said..

N941WR 04-21-2017 08:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_John (Post 1167291)
I was wondering when this thread was going to begin getting replies.

I have been asking myself a similar question.

Which is better... Blondes or brunettes?

...the answer still eludes me!

;) CJ

...back to my condition inspection now! :p

How about redheads?


jfrank71 04-21-2017 08:33 AM

I am the dad building the -12 with this young man. He offered up this question during our rivet pulling party last night. I told him there is only one way to get the true answer and prompt a great discussion...

Post it on VAF. See what the masses have to say. As we suspected, blondes are better and tail draggers are faster.



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