[WWI] SE.5a ailerons

Ray Boorman fokkereiv at gmail.com
Sat Feb 17 17:37:55 EST 2007


Could the differences between the SE5 and SE5a also be contributing to this,
the SE5 had longer span wings and larger ailerons by at least one extra rib.
Once SE5's were modified to get rid of the  glasshouse they look pretty much
the same as Hisso powered Se5a's

Ray (who is probably adding to the confusion)

On 2/16/07, iban <ibancorp at tds.net> wrote:
>
> sperry wrote:
> > Can anyone shed any fact, myth, rumor or inuendo on why there were two
> styles, (long and short span), of aileron on SE.5a's .
> >
> > Different engines? Different contractors? A design modification based on
> field experience?
> >
> > TIA
> > sp
> >
> >
> >
> in the category of rumour or just plain wild-assed not-even-educated
> guess, i would say either:
>
> a) the long-span ailerons with their greater surface area were too
> effective, and risked damage to the airframe from excessive torsion, so
> they were shortened; or
>
> b) the short-span ones didn't provide a rapid enough roll-rate for
> combat, so they were lengthened.
>
> like i said, wild-assed guess, so...  yuh asks yer question, and yuh
> takes yer chances, as far as answers go.
>
>
> iban (who does not feel like letting his complete ignorance on this
> topic stand in the way of anyone receiving authorative-sounding answers
> tonight)
>
> p.s.  happy weekend, everybody.
>
>


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