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Aircraft wing

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Wing Planform

The previous discussions on wings have dealt only with airfoil section properties and two dimensional airflow. Wing planform - the shape of the wing as viewed from directly above - deals with airflow in three dimensions, and is very important to understanding wing performance and airplane flight

This display shows the evolution of wing rib construction and cross-sections.  From top to bottom are: Piper J-3 Cub (1939), Franklin Sport 90 (1929), Star Cavelier (1929), Ryan WL1 (1926), Curtiss JN-4 (1918), Halberstadt (D.1), and Wright Model B (1911).

This display shows the evolution of wing rib construction and cross-sections. From top to bottom are: Piper J-3 Cub (1939), Franklin Sport 90 (1929), Star Cavelier (1929), Ryan WL1 (1926), Curtiss JN-4 (1918), Halberstadt (D.1), and Wright Model B (1911).

Evolution of the Airfoil by NASA on The Commons, via Flickr

Description The historical evolution of airfoil sections, 1908-1944. The last two shapes are low-drag sections designed to have laminar flow over 60 to 70 percent of chord on both the upper and lower surface. Identifier: GPN-2000-001299

North American A-5A Vigilante The North American A-5 Vigilante was a powerful, highly advanced carrier-based supersonic bomber designed for the United States Navy. Its service in the nuclear strike...

North American A-5A Vigilante The North American A-5 Vigilante was a powerful, highly advanced carrier-based supersonic bomber designed for the United S... North American A-5A Vigilante

F-15E Strike Eagle of the 4th Fighter Wing from Seymour Johnsen AFB and B-52H Stratofortress of the 2nd Bomb Wing from Barksdale AFB.

F-15E Strike Eagle of the 4th Fighter Wing from Seymour Johnsen AFB and B-52H Stratofortress of the 2nd Bomb Wing from Barksdale AFB.