Aerodynamics: Tilting Plus Swiveling Makes Agile Aircraft

Whatever weapons the Air Force finally gets for big wars of the future—manned supersonic bombers, or more potent missiles, or a mix of both—there is little argument about what is needed for the small, brushfire battles of the present. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps all agree that they need fighter planes and transports husky enough to handle modern armament, yet agile enough to take off and land on back-country roads or small jungle clearings.

The problems that must be solved are already encouraging fanciful flights of aerodynamicists' imaginations. The suggested solutions...

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