Cruciform tail

The cruciform tail is an aircraft empennage configuration which, when viewed from the aircraft's front or rear, looks much like a cross. The usual arrangement is to have the horizontal stabilizer intersect the vertical tail somewhere near the middle, and above the top of the fuselage. The design is often used to locate the horizontal stabilizer away from jet exhaust, propeller and wing wake, as well as to provide undisturbed airflow to the rudder.[1]


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  1. A cruciform tail was used on the XF2D-1, F2H-1, F2H-2, F2H-2B, F2H-2N, and F2H-2P Banshee variants. The later F2H-3 and F2H-4 used a conventional tail.


  1. What-when-how. "Tail designs". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
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