I have watched countless videos of various people doing STOL take offs in taildraggers, from the average Joe to the Valdez guys. The technique currently in vogue is: Brakes on Full power Lift the tail Accelerate with the tail up Rotate hard, at the same time deploy flaps. It always struck me as inefficient. Yes, these guys get off fast but is that really the best way to minimize ground roll (which is what this is all about)? I always felt that using about half flap (less than 20 degrees, say) and letting the airplane fly off when it's ready ought to be as efficient a method as any. Their arguments are: "it reduces drag at the beginning of the ground roll!". And : That's how it's done!" Can't see much scientific evidence beyond that. Maybe it is the best method, but can we analyze this a bit further? My points are : Drag at the beginning of the ground roll is downright negligible. Most of these guys keep the tail up for maybe a couple of seconds before slamming it right back down again. Pushing up the tail takes away energy that could be used to accelerate the airplane forward. In the three point attitude, with a little flap, most taildraggers are close to their maximum lift attitude which ought to be where you want it. The thrustline is pointed up slightly giving you a slight vertical component of lift. Maybe that's good or bad. I would like some opinions based on physics and aerodynamics, not current fashion. Let's hear it.