Notes on the design of ailerons

W. S. Diehl
June, 1923

Recent data have shown that certain forms or types of ailerons that are in extensive use are in reality quite inefficient and entirely unsuited for the high speeds now realized. The same data indicate that two forms (both shown here) are efficient and satisfactory in every way. The most important characteristics of ailerons are effectiveness under all flight conditions, small moments about the hinge, high efficiency (small yawing moment opposing turn), and simplicity in construction. Information required for the design of ailerons is given for chord, span, area, and plan form.

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