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The Lysander’s unique wing trailing edge flap and leading edge slat arrangement is a precursor to those highly complicated computer-controlled systems that are standard on virtually every high performance commercial and military aircraft today. At the time of its introduction, however, it was unheard of.
Interestingly, ...it is NOT controlled from the cockpit. Although they operate together as a system, flaps and slats, inboard and outboard, and even port and starboard will extend or retract based upon the need of the machine. A complex system of wires, levers, and actuators interconnects both inboard and outboard flaps and slats. They operate with amazing effortlessness, based upon the airspeed and attitude of the aircraft, and without modern electronics. Lysander flight performance is unique – they can seemingly hang in the air, taking off and landing in surprisingly short distances.
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