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P-38E Lightning aircraft with experimental wings, southern California, United States, 1943

Caption   P-38E Lightning aircraft with experimental wings, southern California, United States, 1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Government
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 28 Apr 2010
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Apr 2011 06:28:26 PM

P-38E "Swordfish" as a laminar flow wing testbed. The aircraft was modified into a two-seater with longer fuselage, intended as a research aircraft, to find ways to reduce drag. It was modified with laminar flow wing sections outboard of the engines.


Laminar flow is the smooth uninterrupted flow of air over the contour of the wings, fuselage or other parts of the aircraft in flight. Designed for minimum drag and uninterrupted flow of the boundry layer is called Laminar airfoil.

Did You Know:

The 1960s Chevrolet Corvette benefitted by the use of Laminar Flow.
They were Corvette's best designs, and the baddest looking cars, just standing still, the vette looked like it was moving.
The L-88 was built from 1967 to 1969.

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