Upcoming experiments should pave the way toward the first practical applications of drag-reducing laminar flow control on a transport aircraft under NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) program. The initiative forms part of a broader suite of experiments to boost the efficiency of airliners and comes as Boeing embarks on development of a hybrid laminar flow control (HLFC) system for the tail of its next version of its 787 family—the first commercial use of the technology. ...

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