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Originally posted by Ghost01
I'm not trying to argue oppinions with this thread, I want to find something out about the YF-23 and how it's engine placement might have an effect on safety!
On the YF-23 the engines were spread wide apart to improve stealth qualities. However, if for some reason, one of the engines were to fail in flight, could the engine spacing cause a flat-spin?
Originally posted by matej
I remember the DC-10 crash dozens of years ago, when one engine under the wing damaged all three hydraulic systems and pilots were forced to manoeuvre the plane only by using different thrust of the right wing and tail engine.
Originally posted by Canada_EH
so now my question (piggybacking Tim's) is if a dual rudder plane suffers a collision in which one of its rudders is destoryed. Is there a higher chance of a flatspin?
Originally posted by kilcoo316
Defintely. The design required X amount of vertical rudder area, now you've only got X/2. Vertical fins are not an arbitrary size - there is a detailed process that goes into selecting the size.
[Its not quite X/2 but you get what I mean].