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Dec 15, 2016, 09:41 PM
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Any twin motored Nurflugels out there?

Anyone know of twin tractor props on a true nurflugel plane? Pics are encouraged!!
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Dec 16, 2016, 02:38 PM
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Designing one at the moment , but it has a vertical stab, so it's not a pure one.

See my blog
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Dec 16, 2016, 02:56 PM
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Cool! I was actually wondering about people's experience with twin tractor motors/props without a rudder to compensate any thrust difference.

I know the Hortens had the twin jet engines, but I'm wondering if full props spaced a little wider apart will have a negative effect that would be hard to overcome without rudder in the event of motor failure, or just bad calibration.
Dec 16, 2016, 03:13 PM
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Have no experience ... yet

Same question here.
Figured out that any engine failure will be deadly.
I accept that, no prob.

Differential thrust will always be present.
Made some experiments with 2 50mm EDF's and it turns out that they have almost no difference, hence for my prototype, this item, at least should be fine.

See also:
Dec 16, 2016, 04:50 PM
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I can't think of a tractor,but here's a proven pusher

The pusher configuration helps with stability;maybe that's why tractors aren't common.
Dec 22, 2016, 03:36 AM
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And on a proper Nurflugel the rearward extended motor nacelles allow the use of folding props. If used in tractor mode the nacelles would need to be rather long, needle like to allow room for the props to fold. And then they would upset the air flowing onto the wing at and for some distance to either side of the nacelle, would be a de-stabilizing force instead of a stabilizing one and would likely be prone to digging in and highly stressing the wing during less than ideal "arrivals".

If your image of a "true nurflugel" is no fins then the long tractor nacelles would likely over power the yaw stability of the wing. So there again the rearward extended nacelles has a strong advantage.
Dec 22, 2016, 04:16 AM
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Here's one.Note the needle nacelles that Bruce mentioned and the large tip fins.It'd be interesting to know if any additional weight was needed to achieve the c/g balance;would a pusher version require more or less?
Aquila's First Flight (2 min 59 sec)
Dec 29, 2016, 12:22 PM
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Wingtra - The WingtraOne for Agriculture (0 min 44 sec)

Here's one.A commercial uav.
Dec 31, 2016, 03:40 AM
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Gee, nice plane, has it all ! Including VTOL !
Feb 08, 2017, 06:30 PM
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Twin Starfire

Does this count ?

Twin STARFIRE thread

I have rudder mix into the motor deferential so I can fly a knife edge and perform stall turns, although I over do it in the first flight until I get use to It.
There is quite some rotational moment once you get it turning/rotating/spinning that has to be stopped.

1.6M Starfire Twin (4 min 20 sec)

... Simon
Last edited by Simon Castle; Feb 10, 2017 at 06:05 AM.
Feb 14, 2017, 11:47 PM
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No tails, two motors.

All time favorite of mine.

I finally built a single engine 54" walk along. So smooth in flight.

Slowly Indoor Glider (4 min 51 sec)
May 29, 2017, 11:42 PM
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There are a few videos with one of my favorites

Race quad lands on a moving plane (4 min 37 sec)

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