P2 5 Yes, M’Lady

Tom E. Halliday, Oliver J. T. Brough, Corban C. B. Gardiner, Joel E. Grout


In this paper, we determined that the Lady Penelope’s car, named FAB 1 from the Thunderbirds 2004 film, has a weight of 32000 N (including passengers). With a takeoff lift of 32700 N, and an attack angle of around 16 degrees, the car could indeed fly, when ignoring drag. However, at a constant altitude with a 0◦ attack angle, along with a lower air density, FAB 1 had a lift of only 6340 N, resulting in the car being unable to keep a steady altitude.

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