The Avanti was one of the highlights of my career. The laminar flow airfoils were very clean sheet. I think they were the first of the new breed of laminar flow airfoils that demonstrated high performance at transonic speeds. I was director of a NASA-supported General Aviation Airfoil Design and Analysis Center and I had access to new computation codes to develop advanced airfoils for the general aviation community. Professor Jan Roskam put Dr. Alessandro Mazzoni, then Piaggio's chief ...

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