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The method of attack devised by Walker has been applied to the problem of current flow between inclined plane electrodes. It is assumed that the initial velocities of emission are negligible. Solutions for the potential distribution, the space‐charge characteristic (``perveance''), the particle trajectories, and the transit time in such diodes under conditions of complete space‐charge limitation are given. The trajectories and transit time have also been determined for the space‐charge‐free case. The results are presented in both graphical and tabular form. In most cases the solutions are given for angles between the electrodes as great as 180°. For an angle between the electrodes of approximately 118° the transit time in the space‐charge‐free case is equal to that for complete space charge limitation. The effect of accidental electrode tilt on the perveance of a diode, which presumably has parallel electrodes, has also been investigated. A rectangular electrode whose width is 1.24 times the interelectrode spacing is relatively insensitive to tilt about a line passing through its center and parallel to its side. A disk‐shaped electrode is insensitive to tilt about any axis passing through its center if its diameter is 1.42 times the interelectrode spacing.