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    Default How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    Or the other control systems needed on a plane that can go super sonic?

    Like this sorta.

    http://fighterwriter101.blogspot.com...8b-voodoo.html

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    Well Gary Levitz tried a Lear Jet wing & tail on a Griffon powered P51 & he lost his life at Reno.
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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    Well Gary Levitz tried a Lear Jet wing & tail on a Griffon powered P51 & he lost his life at Reno.
    That set of Learjet wings and tail was originally used on the John Dilley and Tom Kelley Learstang racer "Vendetta" years before.
    remember the Oogahonk!

    old school enthusiast of Civiltary Warbirds and Air Racers

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    Maybe not a good choice of wings, how many hours of wind tunnel testing was done before hand? Even the wright brothers did wind tunnel testing, didn't they?

    And does that mean a swept jet type wing won't work at Reno?
    Last edited by Exhaustgases; 08-27-2019 at 10:24 PM.

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    Swept wings are good for going fast in a straight line, at higher altitudes. They do not work well under high G in tight turns.

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    Here's another one. Use to see this years ago on display at Bakersfield Meadows airport.
    https://www.historynet.com/thunderscreech.htm

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    I don't think the wing choice had anything to do with the Levitz crash. As I remember the thinking at the time was simply that the Lear wing was simply less draggy at race speeds.

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    Quote Originally Posted by Exhaustgases View Post
    Maybe not a good choice of wings, how many hours of wind tunnel testing was done before hand? Even the wright brothers did wind tunnel testing, didn't they?

    And does that mean a swept jet type wing won't work at Reno?
    Bill Rogers (Builder of Miss Ashley II) once told me that Skip Holm, who did the flight tests on the airplane, said that the airplane was the fastest prop plane he'd ever flown, downhill... One can only dream what might have been!

    There's a series of articles about the airplane buried in the archives CLICK HERE


    There were a LOT of brains and computers that went into the design... I don't know if they did any scale WT testing or not actually... they certainly had access to most, if not all of Boeing's assets in that arena... Most of the crew were Boeing employees and the hangar was within throwing distance of Boeing's facilities at Everett... She was painted in their building.
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    A Lear wing isn't considered a "swept wing". MA2 was certainly one of the best looking airplanes to race at Reno. The most striking thing to me about that whole thing was walking back into the pits at 5am the next morning and they were gone, they must have spent all night packing up all of their stuff and leaving because there was nothing in their pit other than the beginnings of a growing memorial.

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    Default Re: How come no swept wings on a prop plane?

    So Do-335 wasn't swept either then ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK8ydLY5QHQ

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