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I want to draw an aircraft diagram with three axes (longitudinal, lateral and normal) using latex/tikz. I also need three views (top, side, and front) of it.

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Can you give us a link to an example of such a diagram? Please be more specific! –  Christoph Jun 17 '11 at 11:21
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Why do you need to use TikZ? Perhaps you could create the illustration in Inkscape and include the pdf in your LaTex document? You might find that easier. Plus, I doubt anyone is going to just create the illustration that you're describing without you first trying. –  Frank_Zafka Jun 17 '11 at 11:22
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Start with the tail and proceed nosewise :). TikZ is not well suited for 3d modelling, so usually you cannot obtaing different views just by switching a few parameters here and there. –  ipavlic Jun 17 '11 at 12:08
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Are you thinking of this, perhaps? –  Tom Jun 17 '11 at 13:22
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@ipvalic: Yes you can! Sraw it using xyz coordinates and then simply change the x, y, and z vectors. –  Loop Space Jun 17 '11 at 15:08
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Inkscape provides an export option where you use LaTeX for typesetting the text. That might be a solution if you want to draw using a visual editor but still use LaTeX for setting any text.

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Probably best to use a vector graphics editor such as Ipe (retains the same fonts for the graphics as specified for your document).

To use the graphic (e.g. fig1.eps) produced by the editor put \usepackage{graphicx} in your preamble and to use the picture somewhere in your document use \includegraphics{path/fig1}.

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