A new concept in aircraft wing design could revolutionise air travel in the future. It's?
STV Model, with anti-symmetrical wings demonstrated
STV & CU Model on tarmac, wings and tailplane being demonstrated (2 shots)
GV Model along tarmac and taking off, wings varied in flight (3 shots)
SV Model being tested in wind tunnel
GV & CU Artist's impression of jet transport incorporating new wing design (2 shots)
MODEL AIRCRAFT WITH NEW WING DESIGN BEING DEMONSTRATED ON GROUND AND IN FLIGHT: SECOND MODEL BEING TESTED IN WIND TUNNEL: ARTIST'S IMPRESSIONS OF JET TRANSPORTS INCORPORATING NEW DESIGN.
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Background: A new concept in aircraft wing design could revolutionise air travel in the future. It's a return to the virtually straight wing design. But in this case it's mounted to the fuselage by a single pivot and can swing in flight to a 45 degree angle -- half of the wing towards the nose and half towards the tailplane.
The designer, Dr. R.T. Jones of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), says that the new design could lead to more efficient aircraft requiring less power, less fuel consumption and therefore producing less noise. His research suggests that at supersonic speeds the new design will permit flight which produces no sonic boom.
SYNOPSIS: A new concept in wind design could revolutionise future air travel. It's called the anti-symmetrical wing and it's been developed in the United States by Dr. R.T. Jones of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In flight, the wind can rotate at tan angle to the fuselage by means of a central pivot. The tailplane can be moved in a similar way.
Tests with models have led Dr. Jones and his researchers to believe that a radical change in wing and tail geometry could lead to more efficient aircraft. They would require less power, a lower fuel consumption and would create less noise at take-off and landing. On the model, the anti-symmetrical wings are activated by radio-controls.
Wind tunnel tests indicate that, at supersonic speeds, the new wing will permit flight without inflicting a sonic boom on people on the ground. If tests continue successfully, this could be the shape of things to come on the airways of the world.