Wing loading is the weight supported by each square foot of wing. Two
aircraft with the same weight and the same wing area must have the
same wing loading. A light airplane with a small wing can have the
same wing loading as a heavy airplane with a large wing.
Aircraft with low wing loading bounce around more in bumpy air. They
also have lower stall speeds, take-off speeds, and landing speeds.
Disregarding structure, an aircraft with lower wing loading can pull
more g's without stalling than an a/c with high wing loading. The
massive six-prop B-36 bomber of the 1950's had lower wing loading than
contemporary jet fighters, depending on how it was loaded. It could
could often out-turn them, especially at altitude. Very embarrassing
for the jet jockeys.
"Frederick Wilson" wrote in message news:[email protected]
I was reading my EAA book and one of the articles spoke about wing loading
of the Glassair III. What is the significant of this? Does it lessin the
amount of turbulence you feel compared to an airplane of equal size/weight
with low wing loading?