Niven, Andrew J. Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
Last reviewed:June 2020
- Wing planform definitions
- Wing twist definitions
- Subsonic distribution of lift
- Wing sweep
- Supersonic distribution of lift
- Wing stall
- Wing loading
- High-lift devices
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The planar surface of a heavier-than-air body whose primary purpose is to produce lift during flight. A wing is composed of a series of airfoil-shaped components joined together to form one integral structure. On an airplane, the wing also provides storage space for the fuel and undercarriage, and is often used as the structural anchor point for the propulsion systems. The wing also includes important flight-control surfaces, such as the aileron, flaps, slats, and spoilers. See also: Aerodynamic force; Aircraft propulsion; Airfoil
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