Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
F-8 Supercritical Wing Aircraft
This research aircraft was the first airplanes to demonstrate the transonic performance capabilities of a supercritical wing. This airplane demonstrated a drag-rise Mach number of 0.96 at cruise lifting conditions. The resulting technology base permitted an increase in cruise Mach number for transport aircraft from approximately 0.8 to above 0.9. Wings of this type are now routinely utilized on all new military and commercial transport aircraft. Pilot: Tom C. Mcmurtry
F-8 Supercritical Wing Richard T. Whitcomb conducted research at NASA Langley Research Center that led to the invention and patent of the NASA supercritical airfoil.
Supercritical airfoils delay formation and reduce the strength of shock waves over the wings in the transonic realm (just below and just above the speed of sound). This reduces drag, leading to higher cruising speed, improved fuel efficiency, and greater range capability.
Supercritical wings are now commonplace on virtually every modern subsonic commercial transport, military jet, and new helicopter rotor. Research showed that the wing
Rockwell International built the new, composite wing for NASA. Because it lacked antiskid brakes or wing flaps, the modified F-8 could not land on Langley's runway so was flown only at Edwards.
Erected by NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.
Location. 34° 57.137′ N, 117° 53.303′ W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is on Lilly Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Located in front the Armstrong Flight Research Center Visitors Control Building. Although the base is not open to the general public, they do have monthly tours depending on current security conditions. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4800 Lilly Avenue, Edwards CA 93523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-8 DFBW (a few steps from this marker); F-8 Digital Fly-By-Wire Aircraft (a few steps from this marker); NF-15B (within shouting distance of this marker); X-29 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird Lockheed F-104 (within shouting distance of this marker); HiMAT (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); HL-10 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
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