Why Do Backwards Wings Exist?

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[1] hugojunkers.bplaced.net/junkers-ef131.html
[2] www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-008-DFRC.html apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a124715.pdf
[3] www.dept.aoe.vt.edu/~mason/Mason_f/ConfigAeroTransonics.pdf
[4] bit.ly/2Y17MM2
[5] apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/271130.pdf
[6] www.srmuniv.ac.in/sites/default/files/downloads/class5-2012.pdf
[7] www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-081-DFRC.html
[8] repository.lib.ncsu.edu/bitstream/handle/1840.16/2141/etd.pdf?sequence=1
[9] page 18 www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Sweeping_Forward.pdf
[10] trvision.net/detail/video-LOmvrk3LPGc.html
[11] apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a124715.pdf
[12] www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/pdf/88172main_H-1574.pdf
[13] page 24 www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Sweeping_Forward.pdf
[14] www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/pdf/120266main_FS-008-DFRC.pdf
[15] Page 124 www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Sweeping_Forward.pdf
[16] Page 127 www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Sweeping_Forward.pdf
[17] Page 208 www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Sweeping_Forward.pdf
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  • Does somebody want to know if aircraft with oblique wings could fly?

    Andrey MihaiAndrey Mihai9 gün önce
  • I ain't understand shit

    Astrxcat XIIIAstrxcat XIII11 gün önce
  • Cause it looks cool

    mustafa teranmustafa teran14 gün önce
  • Who is disliking this video it's about airplanes

    that one guythat one guy21 gün önce
  • Would you ever do a video on what a Quinjet from the Marvel universe would fly like? Or if it’s design is even close to reasonable?

    Jacob HunterJacob Hunter22 gün önce
  • They do this for fun and looks, even birds doesnt have backward wings because its against the flow of the system of flying on earth. We only see this in scifi movies flying in space and other planets having different atmosphere.😂😂😂

    j. dohj. doh24 gün önce
  • Can someone summarize for me?

    Don’t read thisDon’t read this25 gün önce
  • What's his accent called?

    abe haikalabe haikal25 gün önce
  • I didn't understand a single thing I heard in this video

    SoulseerSoulseer25 gün önce
  • I'll admit. This is probably the hardest to understand TRvision video I've watched, and there's nothing wrong with the presentation.

    Shane HShane H28 gün önce
  • 8:22 what about that shit for the mars wheels rover thing that remembers form etc..?

    Marcus MIDIMarcus MIDIAylar önce
  • In case you gotta fly backwards DUH

    William WassmannWilliam WassmannAylar önce
  • I think the x29 could be done even better today,especially with the computers we have

    Komrade BigTexKomrade BigTexAylar önce
  • 6:30, that transition didn't even mention reverse swept wings lol. Just started talking about it.

    DoubledealerDoubledealerAylar önce
  • X 27 looks cool but su 47 looks way cooler

    SiMi Psych0SiMi Psych0Aylar önce
  • Aweso.e video, thank you. Could you please do an episode about how and why whe dont have a single perfect speaker/tranducer(or driver). It is not well known what is a point source and why ot ia so impossivle to make a perfect one. Would much apreciate it. Audio reproduction is far from figured out.

    darth vaderdarth vaderAylar önce
  • Do the XF-84h next

    MrNoobedMrNoobedAylar önce
  • They exist to look cool

    DeeDeeAylar önce
  • germans are always first when it comes to innovation

    Aljohn VAljohn VAylar önce
  • So basically, all the amazing technology we have today is because someone wanted the most easiest way kill someone in the most brutal way possible. Good to know.

    Zebron ZeeZebron ZeeAylar önce
  • I figured they made the planes just because you look badass

    Brian DriscollBrian DriscollAylar önce
  • i wonder why they don't just use a bird version instead of a plane,

    Abdul GhaniAbdul GhaniAylar önce
  • The WWll need to happened b4 for the US, UK and USSR can CAPTURE any cool NAZI designers and scientist, not to mention the Jew bankers of NYSE🤔

    Princess SolacePrincess SolaceAylar önce
  • you got to admit it tho, the germans rocket and airplane tech was far head the rest of the world back in the 30's and 40's

    jaybajanjaybajanAylar önce
  • how have i been watching videos and movies with planes, as well as learning about lift since i was 11, yet have never seen footage of a planes wings flexing from lift. i feel cheated

    NebuelaeusNebuelaeusAylar önce
  • Facts are very good in the video, but at 6:20 about wing tip stall. It's not just about ailerons being stalled, if only one wing tip stalls it will produce a very large moment arm and very forcefully roll the aircraft. So for this reason wings are specifically designed to stall (and are better to stall) at the root where lift is lost with minimal roll effect.

    concent127concent127Aylar önce
  • Mission failed : Didn't understand, Too stupid

    HavocTVHavocTVAylar önce
  • I've actually wondered this ever since I built a model, x-29, that had reverse wings. I wasn't sure if they had printed the graphics wrong. Apparently, I never thought to check on this. Now I know. Weird how life goes full circle after like 27 years.

    SchrScSchrScAylar önce
  • Does this mean no real life X-02 or the ADF-01? *NOOOOOOOOOO*

    Abhishek RajeshwarAbhishek RajeshwarAylar önce
  • the answer is so simple: cause they look cool man!

    James ShelnuttJames ShelnuttAylar önce
  • Honestly I think wolfenstein is accurate, if the war kept going or Germany won we'd have laser and colonies on the moon lol

    whiterun guardwhiterun guardAylar önce
  • Kinda boring to watch despite being well explained.

    Sergio P.Sergio P.Aylar önce
  • boring!!

    Duncan GowDuncan GowAylar önce
  • Was there anything the Germans WERENT working on during the end of WWII?!

    Ethen JudsonEthen JudsonAylar önce
  • I didn't understand a word of this (despite being familar with Calc and Trig) and yet I have a stiffy. OMG! Am I a closeted aerosexual?

    DesecrationDesecrationAylar önce
  • Just the fucking machinery we make man. Damn.

    Matthew StephensMatthew StephensAylar önce
  • Anyone else watching this at 3am?

    Yousuf MasoodYousuf MasoodAylar önce
  • Videos like this make me wish I'd become an engineer or a pilot instead of an evil lawyer.

    Markus RMarkus RAylar önce
  • Love the video. Just one thing. Knowledge was meant to be passed on, never sold.

    Belial8420Belial8420Aylar önce
  • Gotta admire the German engineers.

    Jintaro KenseiJintaro KenseiAylar önce
  • why do youtube recommend this to me ? i don't understand a single thing

    Eriano SeptiadiEriano SeptiadiAylar önce
  • I was looking around for what was making the squeaking sound in my room... after 5 min i realized it was in the video XD

    HeijvindHeijvindAylar önce
  • Is this guy Irish? That sounds like an Irish accent.

    Laurence DLaurence DAylar önce
  • All I really know is that human minds are incredible.. using elements to create science to create gadgets and stuff that makes humans fly in the air.

    jaguarkickjaguarkickAylar önce
  • It's fitting that a video about planes would fly right over my head.

    Mark RMark RAylar önce
  • Misleading title as the wings aren't backwards. The wing still has a leading edge and a tailing edge. A wing by definition doesn't say anything about being angled ahead, to the side or to the back "swept".

    I am JoeI am JoeAylar önce
  • Because engineers want to break the rules of life

    Mlg Melon PultMlg Melon PultAylar önce
  • @ 39 seconds in, did he say Junker, same family that runs the EU?

    Draous1Draous1Aylar önce
  • or to put it simply cuz why not

    Big YikeBig YikeAylar önce
  • Im watching this at 1 in the morning while taking a shit wtf is wrong with me

    Antonio J LuceroAntonio J LuceroAylar önce
  • Wat is "stall" you are talking about? I'm not a native speaker, can't quite understand what it is and why it is bad.

    Princess CelestiaPrincess CelestiaAylar önce
    • I suppose that airflow not flowing perpendicular to eleron causes worse control, but what changes with reversed wings, doesn't they have elerons, that are also at the steep angle to upcoming wind?

      Princess CelestiaPrincess CelestiaAylar önce
  • Wow Germans were incredibly smart during ww11

    derrick Alexanderderrick AlexanderAylar önce
  • I thought the problem with the P-38 was caused by the front and rear wings being located along the same line on the plane. This meant at high speed the front wing split the air, which didn't come back together in time for the rear wing to make use of it.

    scottthewaterwarriorscottthewaterwarriorAylar önce
  • Huh?

    VicodynVicodynAylar önce
  • Because it looks cooler and prevents AA fire. "Should we fire at that plane?" "Are you kidding me? His plane has forward swept wings. And it's black. _MATTE_ Black! You really wanna fuck with a pilot like that?" "Good point"

    grace calisgrace calisAylar önce
  • I really love your videos, but I can't stand these high-pitch squeaking sounds during animation. Please, please, don't use them again! :D

    Antoni GawlikowskiAntoni GawlikowskiAylar önce
  • AHHH THAT S THE REASON now it seriously makes sense

    Orion IcedustOrion IcedustAylar önce
  • Doesn’t mean they won’t start it back up...new computers technology has jumped 40 fold

    Damian DeLappDamian DeLappAylar önce
    • It's definitely true we can make an amazing forward swept wing fighter with current technology, but current fighter doctrine favors long range BVR stealth combat over the close in dogfight which the FSW specializes in. In the civilian market they're just too expensive .

      xXManhattanProjectXxxXManhattanProjectXxAylar önce
  • Cool video. Just a note - the spar is generally built into the leading edge of the wing.

    Stephen MolzerStephen MolzerAylar önce
  • A question I didn't know I needed answered.

    Darien EdwardsDarien EdwardsAylar önce
  • Can't help wondering how this would behave in a Pressure-over-grav environment like Pandora (JCA). I mean if you look at some of the overhead shots of the Ikran...

    Sean D.GSean D.GAylar önce
  • haha. I have no idea what's going on but I'm still enjoying myself. I just saw that other people have the same experience

    SploxonSploxonAylar önce
  • TLDR: Because Physics

    James CowdJames CowdAylar önce
  • Forward swept wings are airplanes equivalent of bullpups, basically

    CapsCapsAylar önce
    • @Caps You forgot the F2000 as well?

      Fire Power701Fire Power701Aylar önce
    • @Fire Power701 didn't the l85 flop when it first came out? And it doesn't compare with the likes of the aug and famas?

      CapsCapsAylar önce
    • @Caps You forgot the SA80 existed?

      Fire Power701Fire Power701Aylar önce
    • @Fire Power701 i forgot to mention that the 2 bullpups i was talking about was the aug and the famas, sorry

      CapsCapsAylar önce
    • @Caps Name me one forward swept wing aircraft capable of being cheaper than the F-16 yet also being far better than it in combat. Oh wait, none exist!

      Fire Power701Fire Power701Aylar önce
  • Its not a glitch its a feature

    Zanzibar SlimmZanzibar SlimmAylar önce
  • It's like im back in engineering school again

    Touch MeTouch MeAylar önce
  • Why do backwards genders exist?

    Maelstrum yesMaelstrum yesAylar önce
  • Ouch, right in the conards.

    skrenjaskrenjaAylar önce
  • make triangle wing

    TheRoidemortetfleurTheRoidemortetfleurAylar önce
  • Most importantly: They look really cool..

    Derek DrakeDerek DrakeAylar önce
    • @Derek Drake I don't think that's true at all lol

      Ashton MitchAshton MitchGün önce
    • @Ashton Mitch Very wrong. It has to look cool so it sells.

      Derek DrakeDerek DrakeGün önce
    • I thought most importantly would be a safe flight but I could be wrong

      Ashton MitchAshton MitchGün önce
    • Derek Drake Looks like a futuristic jet

      DannyDanny29 gün önce
    • True

      SigorSigorAylar önce
Why Do Backwards Wings Exist?