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Home »  Photo Prints » Astronotics - Misc. - Apollo History - etc. » S04069
 
Ref S04069 : F-16XL Ship #2 wing glove close-up, laser cut holes, with dime for scale
    



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DIMENSIONS High Definition PRINT BACKLIT*
40 x 60 cm
15.7 x 23.6 inches
23.00 € 20.70 €
125.00 €
50 x 75 cm
19.7 x 29.5 inches
29.90 € 26.91 €
140.00 €
60 x 90 cm
23.6 x 35.4 inches
45.00 € 40.50 €
170.00 €
80 x 120 cm
31.5 x 47.2 inches
75.00 €
220.00 €
100 x 150 cm
39.4 x 59.1 inches
109.00 €
290.00 €

*Backlit is a translucent matter to apply in front of a neon light
Thème : Astronotics - Misc. - Apollo History - etc.

Description :

This June 1995 photograph of a test panel similiar to the one attached to the surface of an F-16XL research aircraft's left wing at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, shows the size of the more than 10 million laser-cut holes in the panel, called a glove, as compared with a dime. Below the titanium panel into which holes are cut is a suction system linked to a compressor. During research flights with the modified, delta-winged F-16XL, the suction system pulled a small part of the boundary layer of air through the glove's porous surface to expand the extent of smooth (laminar) flow. Researchers believe that laminar flow conditions can reduce aerodynamic drag (friction) and contribute to reduced operating costs by improving fuel consumption and lowering aircraft weight. This Supersonic Laminar Flow Control (SLFC) experiment represents a collaborative effort between NASA and aerospace industry (specifically Boeing, Rockwell, and McDonnell Douglas), with Boeing assembling the panel and McDonnell Douglas designing the suction system.


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