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Post  Caesius on Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:36 pm

Okay, here is my trivia:
Does the B-2 have any rudders? If it does, then where?

Most people I ask this question to do not get it right the first time. I bet you guys can get it. Wink Very Happy
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Post  cappilot12 on Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:10 pm

Hmmm... I would think not since there is no vertical tail, but I guess it could possibly.

I have a few more questions.
1. What is the world's fastest jet aircraft (X-15 is a rocket not a jet)?
2. What was the original designation of the SR-71 before it was changed by a White House speech writer.
3. What is the primary air interdiction helicopter of the USACIDC (United States Army Criminal Investigation Division Command, aka the people I work for), and no it is not the UH-60 Blackhawk?

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Post  Caesius on Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:39 am

cappilot12 wrote:Hmmm... I would think not since there is no vertical tail, but I guess it could possibly.

Yes, just like you said, It does [B]not]B] have a vertical tail. But, it does have a rudder, hint: think [B]inside[B] the box. Very Happy
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Post  cappilot12 on Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:42 pm

I'm guessing you were trying to write in bold? lol

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Post  Caesius on Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:37 pm

cappilot12 wrote:I'm guessing you were trying to write in bold? lol

Yes I was, lol, oh well. Laughing
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Post  [VMC] Lt. Col Razorback on Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:16 pm

Yes, the B-2 does have rudders, but they aren't really "rudders" To induce yaw, they split the ailerons on one side of the plane, therefore creating drag on that side, turning the plane.
The SR-71's designation was the RS-71 before General Curtis LeMay lobbied to have it changed, as he preferred the Strategic Reconnaissance designation. It was born from the Locheed A-12 OXCART, for the CIA.

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Post  cappilot12 on Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:28 pm

Very good, the SR-71 is more commonly known as the world's fastest aircraft, but the A-12 is recognized as being faster by the CIA. Do you know why the SR-71 was chosen over the A-12 even though the A-12 is faster?

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Post  Caesius on Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:47 pm

[VMC] Lt. Col Razorback wrote:Yes, the B-2 does have rudders, but they aren't really "rudders" To induce yaw, they split the ailerons on one side of the plane, therefore creating drag on that side, turning the plane.
The SR-71's designation was the RS-71 before General Curtis LeMay lobbied to have it changed, as he preferred the Strategic Reconnaissance designation. It was born from the Locheed A-12 OXCART, for the CIA.

The answer is, the B-2 has two different types of rudders. Razorback has answered one of the "rudders" used. The other rudders' position was classified until about when the F-22 first came out to the public (hint: what is so speical about the F-22's yawing?) then the information was declassified, just not widely told. Now, where is the other one? Very Happy
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Post  [VMC] Lt. Col Razorback on Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:02 pm

The other type must be thrust vectoring then?

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Post  Caesius on Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:32 pm

[VMC] Lt. Col Razorback wrote:The other type must be thrust vectoring then?

Correct. The F-22's thrust vectoring system is acually an improvment of the B-2's. So, with these "rudders" the B-2 is acually quite stable.

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Post  cappilot12 on Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:52 pm

That actually makes a lot of sense, how about this. What is the largest single piece composite aircraft in operation today.

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Post  [VMC] Lt. Col Razorback on Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:02 pm

I've got a few:
1. What is the most technologically advanced helicopter the U.S. Air Force uses?
2. The most recent naval plane to be retired flew its last flight when?
3. In 1971 it became law that you couldn't do what in an airplane?


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Post  Spartacus on Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:35 pm

2006, F14 Tomcat

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Post  [VMC] Lt. Col Razorback on Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:50 am

Close enough, I kind of wanted the full date, but thats fine.

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