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The Right (and Wrong) Airfoils - Homebuilt Canard Aircraft

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What airfoils could you use for high speed prop canard? Re ~ 5mill

The NLF airfoils look pretty sweet, perhaps it could be held laminar on a quickie wing (nice and thin)...?

I see the Lancair 360 uses NLF but sheesh, that thing hooks along at 200knots. I wonder how laminar it is here ;)

The OG clark Y airfoil (not the flat one) looks like a good place to start, or Eppler.

Some neat info from Q-talk back in the day (GU, LS1, Roncz, Mike Shuck) 

Man this could take all year, pitching moment and stall characteristics, and probably a dozen other things all considered :)

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I know I'm pretty late to the party, having not been around much lately...

For canards, airfoil selection is pretty critical, as if you get it wrong you can end up with an unstable airplane or one that deep stalls.

Probably best to go with something designed for the specific application if you are wanting to improve performance.

Aerocanard (modified) SN:ACPB-0226 (Chapter 8)

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