With aircraft manufacturers exploring unconventional—and unfamiliar—configurations in search of step-change performance improvements, “wind-tunnel testing is more important that it has ever been,” says Rick Hooker, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Hybrid Wing Body (HWB) program manager. “With the design tools we now have, we are coming up with advanced configurations that we do not have confidence in,” he says. Wind-tunnel testing can provide that confidence, ...

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