The Jet Age (1958 - Today)

Convair 990

The Convair 990 used NASA-designed antishock bodies, or "speed pods," on each wing to reduce drag at high subsonic speeds. The pods used area rule to improve the aircraft's performance and to allow the 990 to cruise at Mach .91, just below the speed of sound.

Image number EC92-05275-30
Credit: NASA

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