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What will happen to an aircraft if it loses part its vertical tailfin?

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Bad things! The vertical tailfin is used for stability and for control over yaw. The rudder is used to control the direction a plane is facing. If this tail is damaged, it would be difficult to control the plane. However, the plane could still land, so long as the landing strip is in a reasonably straight line, since the rudder controls movment left and right.

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Categories: Flight Dynamics