NASA F-8 Supercritical Wing Collection, 1964-1972

The supercritical wing concept was invented by Dr. Richard Whitcomb (1921- ) to improve air foil efficiency at transonic (Mach .8+) speeds. Following initial design work in 1964, Whitcomb tested the concept in NASA's 8 foot Transonic Dynamics Wind Tunnel at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA (1964-1969). North American then contracted to produce a supercritical wing to be fitted to a Vought F-8 as a flying test bed. Flight testing at Edwards AFB, CA (1971-1972) showed that wind tunnel results for transonic handling were substantially correct and that low speed maneuverability was not impaired. Supercritical wings were also fitted onto a North American T-2 and General Dynamics F-111 aircraft for further flight testing with different wing plans forms and air foil sections

This collection contains documents gathered from Langley Research Center on the development of the supercritical wing concept and the F-8 test bed program. The material primarily consists of notes and reports covering the wind tunnel development, flight testing, and evaluation of the concept. The collection also includes general and press information about the program

Physical Description:
5.85 cubic feet (13 legal document boxes) (1 3"x38" tube)

Date:
1964-1972

Restrictions
No restrictions on access

Creator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center
Subject
Whitcomb, Richard 1921-
North American Aviation, Inc
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Local number
XXXX-0104

Type
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Notes
Reports
Publications
Photographs
Drawings
Manuscripts

Topic
Vought F-8 (F8U) Crusader Family
Aerodynamics, Transonic
Transonic wind tunnels
Aerodynamics
Airplanes--Flight testing
Periodicals

The supercritical wing concept was invented by Dr. Richard Whitcomb (1921- ) to improve air foil efficiency at transonic (Mach .8+) speeds. Following initial design work in 1964, Whitcomb tested the concept in NASA's 8 foot Transonic Dynamics Wind Tunnel at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA (1964-1969). North American then contracted to produce a supercritical wing to be fitted to a Vought F-8 as a flying test bed. Flight testing at Edwards AFB, CA (1971-1972) showed that wind tunnel results for transonic handling were substantially correct and that low speed maneuverability was not impaired. Supercritical wings were also fitted onto a North American T-2 and General Dynamics F-111 aircraft for further flight testing with different wing plans forms and air foil sections

This collection contains documents gathered from Langley Research Center on the development of the supercritical wing concept and the F-8 test bed program. The material primarily consists of notes and reports covering the wind tunnel development, flight testing, and evaluation of the concept. The collection also includes general and press information about the program

Physical Description:
5.85 cubic feet (13 legal document boxes) (1 3"x38" tube)

Date:
1964-1972

Restrictions
No restrictions on access

Creator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center
Subject
Whitcomb, Richard 1921-
North American Aviation, Inc
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center

Data Source
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Local number
XXXX-0104

Type
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Notes
Reports
Publications
Photographs
Drawings
Manuscripts

Topic
Vought F-8 (F8U) Crusader Family
Aerodynamics, Transonic
Transonic wind tunnels
Aerodynamics
Airplanes--Flight testing
Periodicals

ID: XXXX-0104