A Study on Flight Mechanics of Tailless Aircraft


  • Shree Harsha Vijaya Kumar
  • Arcot Manjunath Shreepal


rudder-less flight, delta wing, flying wing, induced drag, reflex, winglets, wingtip vortices, stability, RCS, stealth


Flying Wings or Tailless aircraft are fixed-wing aircraft defined by their lack of a definite or pronounced fuselage and absolute absence empennage. Jack Northrop defined these aircraft as ’A type of airplane in which all of the functions of a satisfactory flying machine are disposed and accommodated within the outline of the airfoil itself’. These aircraft are designed specifically to make best use of the aerodynamics effects of the wing design in order to reduce induced drag due to inclusion of empennage in the airframe and tail section vortices.




How to Cite

Vijaya Kumar SH, Manjunath Shreepal A. A Study on Flight Mechanics of Tailless Aircraft. ExCon [Internet]. 2020 Jan. 20 [cited 2024 Jun. 14];8(4):43-6. Available from: https://wcc.ep.liu.se/index.php/TMAL02/article/view/559