Question about WWII German U-boat bow planes

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Gannet, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    As mentioned already, the fixed fin had to produce lift when surfaced.
    As far as I know the British and US boats had not such a sharp bow (less buoyancy), as the German boats.
    Apart from that, I think the fin below WL was the better idea anyway, due to the much faster reaction when diving.
  2. wardd
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    wardd Senior Member

    us subs had to range the pacific and the added drag of the planes would have cost fuel

  3. apex1

    apex1 Guest

    That should be valid for the German boats and the Atlantic too. But diving fast was the more important feature than some 0,2 kn better speed.
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