Wight Wing - A 68in span sport aerobatic flying wing.
Quote: "Wight Wing was conceived as a small aerobatic fun machine but which also had to be as efficient as the average 'kipper', look pretty and, above all, give me the information about flying wing soarers to enable me to design and build at a later date a 1/5 or 1/4 scale SZD Wampir or a Horton flying wing.
I was also particularly interest in eleven controls as opposed to separate elevator/aileron systems as applied to glider/soarer flying wing machines. I wondered if they would be powerful enough for adequate response in all situations. In fact, I have been lucky because the aeroplane has turned out to be one of my best fun slope models yet, with all my design objectives answered! The controls are fine with aileron action just right; the elevator is, however, rather powerful. You don't want to snatch up elevator - if you do she will drop a wing but not too seriously providing you have the height to recover. Efficiency is superb; given reasonable lift she really goes up (better than your kippers), loops and bunts are fast, wide open manoeuvres, lovely to watch. Rolls are good and reasonably straight with little down needing to be applied. Inverted is no problem. In fact, the only difficulty I find is orientation at distance which can be difficult. I try to fly by watching the fins which seems to work alright for me. Finally, I think she looks quite pretty. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I am getting on a bit but you must admit she is different!
Now on the the construction - or lack of it really (I hate making tails and hinging controls). However, cut all your wing ribs from 1/16in sheet noting that the ribs by the fuselage sides are slightly longer than the standard rib. Cut the LE and TE from 3/8in sheet (cut wider than needed then planed to shape after assembly). Frame the wings up over the drawing..."
Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.
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Update 05/02/2018: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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