Canard (aeronautics)

Canard (Aeronautics)

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In aeronautics, canard (French for "duck") is an airframe configuration of fixed-wing aircraft in which the forward surface is smaller than the rearward, the former being known as the "canard", while the latter is the main wing. In contrast a conventional aircraft has a small horizontal stabilizer behind the main wing.Crane, Dale: Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms, third edition, page 86. Aviation Supplies & Academics, 1997. ISBN 1-56027-287-2Aviation Publishers Co. Limited, From the Ground Up, page 10 (27th revised edition) ISBN 09690054-9-0

The early aircraft Santos-Dumont 14-bis of 1906, reminded named the Model V Canard ("Duck") by its designer Louis Bleriot for this reason. Thus the term became part of the English language.

General characteristics

Unlike a conventional tailplane, in order to achieve longitudinal stability a canard surface is trimmed to increase lift as speed increases. This equates to a negative coefficient for trim drag.Clancy, L.J.: Aerodynamics, page 293. Pitman, 1975. US ISBN 0-470-15837-9, UK ISBN 273-01120-0

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