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F-8 Super-Critical Wing (SCW)

A Vought F-8A Crusader was selected by NASA as the testbed aircraft (designated TF-8A) to install an experimental Supercritical Wing in place of the conventional wing. The unique design of the Supercritical Wing reduces the effect of shock waves on the upper surface near Mach 1, which in turn reduces drag.

DFRC Photo # Photo Date Image Description
  Skip links in main table F-8 Super-Critical Wing (SCW) Photo Collection Contact Sheet
E-22944 March 17, 1971 F-8 SCW in flight
EC73-3468 January 10, 1973 F-8 SCW in flight
EC73-3495 1973 Dryden F-8 Research Aircraft Fleet 1973 in flight, DFBW and SCW
ECN-3442 December 20, 1972 F-8 SCW on ramp with test pilot Tom McMurtry
EC95-43002-2 March 13, 1995 F-8 SCW on display stand



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