September 2015 Issue

Asymmetric Loads And Maneuvering Stalls

Almost any time the discussion is about stalling at greater than 1g, it usually involves symmetrical flight, where all portions of the airplaneís structure are experiencing the same g-loading. But what if, say, one wing is at 2g and the other is at 3g, as might be the case in a rolling (banking) pull-up from a dive? The rising wing is experiencing greater g loading because itís generating more lift. The descending wing, on the other hand, experiences less loading because itís not generating as much.

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