2 hours ago, Ross Scott said:
Yeah that makes sense since the air would have much more to push off of, I just liked how it was inches, plus skimming water in a seaplane has slightly less risk than regular ground I would think.
Tails plane bothers me in a number of ways, because it's not a plane, it's a freaking rocket. There's no evidence of any landing gear or landing skis, so it cannot safely land on neither water, ice, or solid ground. Additionally, the four wing design combined with the jet placement exaggerate this.
Whenever Tails enters ground-effect, the bottom wings will experience less drag (the air isn't pushing off the ground necessarily, but rather the wing experiences less drag, rotating the lift-vector, and more effectively utilizing the lift generated [video that explains this graphically]), which means the upper wings will have greater drag, thereby causing a rotational force that naturally pitches the plane upwards. Next, the jet itself is in a precarious situation, the jet is parallel to the direction of travel, this may seem like a good thing at first until you consider where the jet is located, on the bottom of the plane. If the thrust vector of aircraft is below the center of mass, then a rotational force will be applied.
There isn't much to the plane, but based on the intake on the front and going off that most airplane fuselages themselves are very lightweight, the center of mass of the plane seems to be above the jet (offset engines can be solved by angling the engines themselves, otherwise known as thrust vectoring). The only way Tails can safely land that plane is if it using a whole airplane parachute system, which actually do exist and Tails plane would be small enough for a parachute system to work (wiki).
But all-in-all, Tails isn't flying a plane, it's at best a weird prototype plane with a parachute system, but based on how Tails treats it (by just abandoning it to crash) just reinforces that Tails is flying a freaking missile.