whaaaaa?????? Short of a Fiesler Storch or a Piper Cub, the 172 is probably one of the best examples of a "good downward visibility" airplane I can think of.c172?
I’ve had a couple of landing on paved runways so narrow that I could not see the runway once aligned with it. Good grass on the sides was reassuring, but those pesky runway lights ...We had a Dyke Delta on the field for a few years. The pilot (Larry LeBeau) said that when he turned final he couldn't see the runway at all.
STOL capability of a delta?Fritz,
Deltas are very sensitive to angle of attack when landing or taking-off.
If the pilot allows angle of attack to get too steep, he can fall into a drag bucket that even after-burners will not extract him. The simple answer is setting landing gear angle at the same angle as final approach and initial climb-out. That vastly simplifies pilot work-load. Once the delta is trimmed to the correct angle, just adjust throttle and keep it on the centreline.
Dyke Delta undercarriage is set a similar angle. One Dyke pilot reported that he just advances throttle to take-off power and allows the plane to fly itself off the runway.
Deltas will never be STOL airplanes, so forget about “hanging on the prop” for short landings.