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#11 bearoutwest

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:32 PM

Bachem Natter

- German point-defence rocket fighter (though technically a manned missile)

wingspan: 4m; length: 6m  => 1:0.67

 

Was in production, and deployed operationally.  Didn't fly missions only because the USAAF bomber streams didn't conveniently fly over the operational Natter sites during the last few months of the war.  (...and yes, I'm including this just for a laugh.)



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:39 PM

Definitely an oddity!

The Natter only made one piloted powered vertical take off and that was fatal.

In a normal environment the Ba 349 would have been years from operational service (or never) but in 1945 Germany they were starting to construct operational launch sites.



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 02:41 PM

Ooh, the Me163 has gotta count

Length: 5.7 m (18 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 9.3 m (30 ft 6 in)
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:05 PM

Soviet four engined bomber Pe-8 got a ratio of 1:1,69!

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:13 PM

One of the greatest arm stretchers was the Messerschmitt Me 264.

Wingspan: 43 m; Length: 20,9 m  => 1:2.06.

 

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 12:15 AM

I found another oddity that was longer than its wing span.

The Nakajima Ki-115 suicide bomber was 8.60m long and had an 8.55m wing span.

They made over 100, handling was described as terrible and unsurprisingly a longer winged version was in progress.

 

Interesting how many of the extremes in both ways are planes that did not have normal operation service.

Most piston powered planes that served in numbers had a length to span ratio from about 1.10 to 1.65.



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 08:07 PM

Aerodynamically, the ratio is almost meaningless. The span, aspect ratio, and airfoil mean a lot, as does the drag and fineness ratio, but I have never done calculations on fuselage to wingspan ratios.

 

I admit that the fuselage to wingspan ratio means a lot to the looks of the plane, but otherwise it is not important. As it happens, most fall in a small spread when designed around the same time for the same missions, using similar technology. Otherwise, I'm wondering a bit why it is under consideration. Not saying it isn't interesting, but what will it prove or lead to?

 

I recall the Golden Ratio is about 1.61, but it doesn't seem to fit in there anywhere ...



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Posted 15 February 2018 - 11:59 PM

Interesting is all that was aimed at, what does most on line discussion lead to or prove?






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