Theory of wing-body drag at supersonic speeds

Robert T. Jones
Jan 1956

The relation of Whitcomb's (area rule) to the linear formulas for wave drag at lightly supersonic speeds is discussed. By adopting an approximate relation between the source strength and the geometry of a wing-body combination, the wave-drag theory is expressed in terms involving the areas intercepted by oblique planes or Mach planes. The resulting formulas are checked by comparison with the drag measurements obtained in wind-tunnel experiments and in experiments with falling models in free air. Finally, a theory for determining wing-body shapes of minimum drag at supersonic Mach numbers is discussed and some preliminary experiments are reported.

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