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Re: flight stroke



In a message dated 5/5/02 4:27:14 PM EST, whte_rbt_obj@yahoo.com writes:

<< Am I correct that when the energy from take-off lessens at the end of the
 glide, that the tail's weight will begin to pull the back of the body down 
and the front up? >>

Depends on whether or not the tail has a lifting surface, such as lateral 
feathers. A tail with a lifting surface will not necessarily pull the back 
down and the front up; it might keep the back up and the front down. The tail 
of Archaeopteryx is at least as well feathered as the wings and doubtless had 
an aerodynamic lifting function.