- Aug 8, 2009
The channel-wing idea is not so much the point here but rather that the fan inflow generates wing lift without forward airspeed. I assume with distributed propulsion at the trailing edge you could achieve the same effect.
Agree. But you could look at the Channel Wing as half of a ducted fan. The full circle fan would also increase the vertical propeller thrust. How the two would compare is a good question. Also what would a ducted fan with sweep to the duct leading edge do to change flow patterns and how would it effect forward flight performance.
Some model work would answer lots of questions.