June 2016 Issue

Turn Fundamentals

We can’t do without them, but they can bite when we do them wrong.

Arguably the most challenging of all the Wright Brothers’ multiple successes involved mastering roll control. Pitch and yaw came relatively easy, but absent the ability to command a roll for a coordinated turn, aviation could go nowhere—at least nowhere near the intended heading. Their solution—wing warping—allowed for affirmative roll control and completed their mastery over all three axes.

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