Using Flaps in a Dogfight
Is it possible to improve turn performance in a WW2 fighter by deploying the flaps? It depends. let’s look at this issue and see what NACA and official sources say on the subject.
If you haven’t already watched it, please watch this video first, https://youtu.be/Ir5J9X3txz4
The concepts in that video are required knowledge to understand this video.
NACA, Study of turning performance of a fighter-type airplane particularly as affected by flaps and increased engine supercharging
NACA, Measurements in flight of the flying qualities of the Chance Vought F4U-4 airplane
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