The Importance of Horizontal and Vertical Stabilizers on Aircraft

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There are many different components on an aircraft that works together to get the craft into the air and help to keep it there. The horizontal and vertical stabilizers are two of these components. Stabilizers have been used since the first aircraft created by the Wright Brothers.

The tail houses both the vertical and horizontal stabilizers. They are fixed pieces which work to keep the aircraft stable in the air. The vertical stabilizer is responsible for ensuring the nose of the plane from moving side to side. This movement is called yaw.Additional information can be found at The horizontal stabilizer is responsible for the up and down movement of the nose of an aircraft. This movement is called the pitch. Too much movement in any of these directions can have a detrimental effect on any aircraft.

The Wright Brothers created their first aircraft with the horizontal stabilizer in front of the wings. This was, of course, effective as evidenced by their successful flight. When the horizontal stabilizer is located in front of the wings it is called a canard. Canard is a French word that means "duck.'

Stabilizers are an integral part of an airplane that helps to keep the craft stable when in the air. Without horizontal and vertical stabilizers, a plane would have no control over the nose of the craft which would result in a crash.

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