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Old May 31, 2012, 01:09 PM
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As for driven tails. These came in many years later. The 180 degree auto was part of our maneuvers, in F3C competitions for many years, before the driven tail came into being.

As their is no torque to overcome in an auto, as long as you kept some forward flight happening, the large vertical fins we used, would just cause the tail to follow the tail as we would make the turn.

We could also do 360 degree and S turns on the way down. But now with the driven tails, it is a lot easier to do these. Of course, without a driven tail, one could not even consider doing any backwards autos or the types of aerobatic autos we do today.
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