Aerodynamic characteristics of wings designed for structural improvement

Joseph Weil, Edward C. Polhamus
May 1951

From the structural design standpoint it is obviously desirable to use thick wing sections because, for a given design skin stress, it offers a means of obtaining the greatest structural rigidity at the lowest cost in structural weight. In addition there is the utility of having greater space available within the wing for internal storage. A brief review of the effect of wing thickness and thickness distribution on the high-speed performance and stability characteristics of representative configuration is presented.

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