Europe Begins Laminar-Flow Flight Tests For Future Airline

Credit: P. Pigeyre/Airbus
A highly modified and instrumented Airbus A340-300 has launched into a 150-hr. flight-test campaign intended to prove whether a drag-reducing laminar-flow wing design will be practical for a future short-haul airliner. The A340 Flight Lab is equipped to measure airflow, flight loads and deformation...
Graham Warwick

Graham leads Aviation Week's coverage of technology, focusing on engineering and technology across the aerospace industry, with a special focus on identifying technologies of strategic importance to aviation, aerospace and defense.

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