albert wrote:So in your wing , you would have your main beam , with pistons built into it.
Yes if you can make it light enough. Any weight in the wings is weight that cannot be carried by the aircraft for passengers or cargo.
Might come in handy in the event of a power failure , they can set the wings to the max height and leading edge camber to glide in for a slow landing...
No more deaths in a plane crash..
The glide ratio on a 767 configured for optimal glide is an impressive 20:1. By comparison your average sport gliders are 30:1. It's all about tradeoffs. You can't get any aircraft to stand still in the air, so even with a wing with lots of lift, there are physical limits to how slow a big airplane can travel without falling out of the sky. 100 mph in a crash is still a lot of kinectic energy. And there's *no way* a large body aircraft could fly slower than 100 mph regardless of how thick the wing is. Remember that a wing with more camber does have more lift, but it also has a lot more drag. At some point those cancel each other out and the plane falls out of the sky.
Gliders can fly slow because they are light-weight and have incredibly wide wingspans and very thin airfoils. Lots of factors. It's neat stuff. But here too, there are actual scientific principles at play here and I wish you were interested in them.