Aeronautics: The Upside-Down Wing

Aeronautical Engineer Richard Whitcomb literally changed the shape of modern aviation when he designed the "Coke bottle" fuselage — a narrow-waisted plane body that helps high-speed jets to slip through the sound barrier into supersonic flight. Now, 18 years later, Whitcomb has done it again. He has de veloped a radically new wing that will allow subsonic jets to fly faster, more smoothly and more efficiently.

In today's jetliners, if a pilot allows his speed to reach 85% of the speed of sound, a bell rings and a light flash es to caution him...

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