HobbyKing.com New Products Flash Sale
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Nov 08, 2012, 06:53 PM
bobthefish50
United States, OR, Salem
Joined Jul 2006
35 Posts
Discussion
A question regarding the development of roll control.

All of us have heard the story, perhaps apocryphal, of the development of wing warping: One of the Wrights, while speaking with a customer, absent-mindedly twisted the ends of a long, rectangular box and noticed that it sprang back to its original shape upon release.

Why didn't he notice, instead, his hinged front door and attempt to fashion similar wing sections as Glenn Curtiss would do about a dozen years after Kitty Hawk? Curtiss attempted to patent the aileron. However, the courts deemed it an infringement of the Wright Flyer patent.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bob
bobthefish50 is offline Find More Posts by bobthefish50
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Nov 08, 2012, 08:16 PM
Registered User
Tennessee
Joined Sep 2003
2,314 Posts
They did. They also investigated rotating wing tips for roll control but finally settled on wing warping because it was the lightest and a natural when they decided to adapt the wire braced biplane for lightness and strength. Everbody else concentrated on more power while they decided that control was most important.
ChuckA is offline Find More Posts by ChuckA
Reply With Quote
Old Nov 10, 2012, 02:48 PM
bobthefish50
United States, OR, Salem
Joined Jul 2006
35 Posts
The Wright bros. development of wing warping

Thanks for the reply, Chuck. I see your point about warping being a natural. By making this system part of the wire bracing, you could maintain strength without excessive weight or complication. Before your note, I viewed warping as only a limitation on roll.
bobthefish50 is offline Find More Posts by bobthefish50
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion Question regarding GWS 15A Brushless Controller Rudi GWS (Grand Wing Servo) 2 Nov 05, 2007 06:42 AM
Discussion Regarding development of the Axial BLDC motor. Monie Electric Motor Design and Construction 0 Oct 01, 2007 11:28 AM
Discussion open question regarding control surface size on new kits Turbo442 GWS (Grand Wing Servo) 2 Mar 16, 2006 08:58 PM
Blossom Valley-New Developments regarding access Amper Slope 7 Oct 19, 2004 04:10 AM
Question regarding GWS ICS-300 Speed controller? mrebman Parkflyers 0 Apr 17, 2003 08:44 PM