June 8, 2023

We already told you about a small change to the rudders to extend them for better control at lower speeds. There is another change being made, as we found that reason that the nose moved to the right was that the swirling air from the propeller was hitting the two vertical fins below the tail boom and pushing the tail left (nose right). We tested with the small verticals removed, and that force went away. We have a different change to handle that for production, which will make the Switchblade look even more cool, but for flight test we are moving the vertical fins to the top of the horizontal tail above the angled verticals that have the rudders mounted to them. Here you can see Samson Engineer, David Nobles, working on the aluminum mounting brackets.

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