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bmcj

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Oh yeah, and notice the tiny canard on this later version. CG issues? :)
Just wild supposition on my part, but I wonder if they were placed to energize the flow over the wing at high AOA's? Maybe to keep the flow attached or break any elevator blanking tendencies? Of course, it's more likely that they are just there for pitch trimming. Trimming with the canard so far in front of the wing probably generates less drag than trying to trim with the close-coupled stab.

Maybe the pilot got nervous when he couldn't see the wing. :gig:
 

Lucrum

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Oh yeah, and notice the tiny canard on this later version. CG issues? :)
My memory isn't what it used to be but seems like I remember that canard being added to reduce stick back pressure needed during either turns and or T.O. rotation.
 

RJW

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Can't really say why, but the B17F is about the most beautiful machine I have ever seen. Built for the ugly job of killing, nonetheless it has a form that is hard to think of as anything other than perfect. Only women are more beautiful.

Rob
 
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