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F-16XL Ship #2 SLFC - Turbo-compressor installation in upper fuselage F-16XL Ship #2 SLFC - Turbo-compressor installation in upper fuselage

Photo Number: EC95-43240-13
Photo Date: August 24, 1995

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Description: NASA's two-seat F-16XL research aircraft is shown in the modification hangar at the Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, for installation of a titanium "glove" on the upper surface of its modified left wing.

The aircraft subsequently concluded a 13 month-long, 45-flight research program which investigated drawing off a small portion of the boundary-layer air in order to provide laminar--or smooth--flow over a major portion of a wing flying at supersonic speeds. A turbo-compressor in the aircraft's fuselage (shown here) provided suction to draw air through more than 10 million tiny laser-drilled holes in the glove via a manifold system employing 20 valves.

Data obtained during the program could assist designers of future high-speed aircraft in developing a more efficient civil transport.


Keywords: F-16XL Ship #2; left wing; laminar flow; smooth; suction; turbo-compressor; titanium glove


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