Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Blade, Efficiently Ugly

a340 laminar flow blade wing shape

Airbus A340 Laminar Flow Blade, Efficiently Ugly

The Airbus A340 Flight Lab’s first takeoff equipped with outer wing sections designed for highly smooth airflow over their surfaces, a technology that won the prestigious 2018 Aviation Week Laureates Award for Commercial, Technology. Known as natural laminar flow, such smoothed passage of air creates less drag than the airflow on traditional wings, potentially reducing fuel burn
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