Vehicle Design Questions
Design is the process of taking the various principles discussed throughout the other sections of this site and
synthesizing them into a single vehicle that can accomplish a given task. The questions included here discuss how
engineers apply their knowledge to design aircraft and their components.
Can you please explain the different parts of an aircraft, such as the wing,
horizontal tail, vertical tail, and fuselage?
What is the technical difference between an airplane and an aircraft?
I've seen antenna-like protrusions along the length of the wing trailing
edge on Airbus airliners. What are these devices and what do they do?
I'm confused by the way the record for largest plane is determined. I've read
about the 747-400, An-225, Spruce Goose, and Bristol Brabazon. ... Could you please define the records, if
any, that these aircraft hold with EXACT wording to the particular record?
Most people seem to be infatuated with the biggest or the fastest. I have
the opposite question. What is the smallest plane in the world?
What determines fuselage station zero on an aircraft? Often in aircraft
design, the horizontal coordinate system will start some distance before the nose. Why isn't the Xo
station at the nose?
How is the center of gravity of an airplane calculated?
I was wondering is there a safer way to design an airplane that is somewhat
more crash resistant?
Why do aircraft have only three landing gear? Why not four?
Is it true that the US Air Force and US Navy use different methods for
mid-air refueling? Why?
What's the name or model number of the new airliner that uses computer
displays instead of windshields?
If an A3XX crashed, would more people die than if another kind of airplane
crashed or not, because of the A3XX's great structure?
Can you tell me anything about the Boeing 787 and 797 as well as the
Airbus A350, A360, A370, and A390?...
It is said that the AURORA can fly up to the speed of Mach 6. Is that
What is the basis of stealth technology in the F-117 Nighthawk?
My daughter is working on a project to explain the differences between a
stealth plane and a commercial jet. She is trying to find information on why stealth are quiet compared to
noisy commercial jets. ... Can you help?
If a plane is hit by missile, can it still fly? Does it depend on the size
of the plane and the missile? Or where the plane is hit? What kind of missiles are more dangerous, radar
guided or heat guided?
If some miniature J8 jet engines can produce 34 pounds of thrust, is it
possible that four of them can lift a 120-pound person off the ground and allow him to fly?
Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) questions.
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