McCormick, Barnes W., Jr. Department of Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
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The hinged rear portion of an airplane's vertical tail. The vertical tail is composed of the vertical stabilizer and the rudder. The vertical stabilizer is mounted to the fuselage and is fixed relative to it. The rudder is hinged to the rear of the vertical stabilizer (see illustration) and moves to the left or right in response to control inputs from the rudder pedals or from an automatic stability and control system.
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