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gliderclick to hear

Small engineless aircraft that is launched by a tow plane and stays aloft on air currents.
glider rudder vertical stabilizer elevator horizontal stabilizer fuselage trailing edge wing tip leading edge nose cockpit canopy aileron air brake wings tail

rudder click to hear

Articulated flap at the rear of the vertical stabilizer that steers the aircraft and corrects any yaw that might occur.

vertical stabilizer click to hear

Fixed vertical part of the tail assembly that keeps the aircraft stable.

elevator click to hear

Articulated flap that is attached to the trailing edge of the horizontal stabilizer; it is used to change altitude and correct any pitch that may occur.

horizontal stabilizer click to hear

One of two wings acting as the glider’s horizontal fins; they are used to stabilize its horizontal movement.

fuselage click to hear

Body of the glider to which the wings are attached; it is shaped to travel easily through the air.

trailing edge click to hear

Back edge of the wing.

wing tip click to hear

Tapered piece that forms the lateral end of the wing.

leading edge click to hear

Front edge of the wing.

nose click to hear

Leading tip of the fuselage.

cockpit canopy click to hear

Glass surface covering the cockpit; it opens to provide access to the cockpit.

aileron click to hear

Jointed movable flap on the rear edge of the wing; it is used to maneuver the glider by adjusting wing lift.

air brake click to hear

Movable aerodynamic flap that is located on the wing; it is usually used to slow the glider during landing.

wings click to hear

Horizontal surfaces that are acted upon by aerodynamic forces to keep the glider aloft.

tail click to hear

Rear part of the fuselage.