January 26, 2022

A canard (duck in French) is a small wing located ahead of the main wing in airplanes. The term canard originated in France. Santos Dumont's 14 Bis was the first aircraft to deploy the canard. During the first half of the 20th century, few aircraft used the feature. The canards began to become popular in aeronautics through the supersonic planes with the shape of a glider.[citation needed]The Canards can have several uses, such as helping the aircraft to take off, stabilizing it, modifying the airflow, or a combination of several utilities, which can be fixed or mobile. The canards are not horizontal stabilizers since, by definition, the stabilizer is located after the center of gravity (which is why in contemporary airplanes these structures are called horizontal stabilizers)

See also

Wing (aviation) Strake winglet


HURT, Hugh H. Aerodynamics for Naval Aviators. 1992.

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