OBLIQUE FLYING WING STUDIES

A. R. Scrhass

University of Colorado, Boulder. CO, L’SA

20.1 Introduction

In 1968. as mentioned in Chapter 1. there were 97 thousand aircraft arrivals and departures at Kennedy International Airport providing air travel for nearly 8 million passengers. By 1993, 15 million international passengers used Kennedy, hut this required only 92 thousand arrivals and departures. The introduction of the Boeing 747. DC 10 and other large aircraft, starting in 1970. made this possible. Kennedy, and many other airports, arc near their capacity. This, in part, is the motivation for large transport studies. One aircraft is naturally suited to being large and 10 flying supersonic: the Oblique Flying Wing (OFW). This aircraft represents a radical departure from past configurations.

The Oblique Flying Wing (OFW) as a moderate size SST is considered in detail in Chapter 19. As a sequel to that chapter, we review some important aerodynamic results for the OFW Next we review other studies of the OFW. We tlicn provide new aerodynamic results of our own that derive largely from ihc application of the theoretical tools developed in Chapter 7 and the geometric tools of Chapter 9. We conclude by delineating the advantages and disadvan­tages of an Oblique Flying Wing

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