Cruciform tail

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BAe Jetstream 31 with 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.[1]


Avro Canada CF-100 showing its cruciform design tail.

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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. ^ (n.d.). "Cruciform". Retrieved 2009-02-19.