Airflows Mods Promise More-Efficient C-17s Flight tests of aerodynamic modifications designed to reduce the thirst of the U.S. Air Force’s biggest fuel consumer, the Boeing C-17 airlifter fleet, are wrapping up at Edwards AFB in California. The tests, under the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) C-17 Drag Reduction Program, involve miniature strakes and fairings to improve airflow and reduce drag on key areas of the airframe. The fifth and final phase of flight tests is to ...

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