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delta wing

[′del·tə ‚wiŋ]
(aerospace engineering)
A triangularly shaped wing of an aircraft.

delta wing

A wing plan form that is shaped like a triangle, or a delta (A). In this type of wing, there is an extreme amount of sweep back on the leading edges, and a trailing edge that is practically perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. A delta wing aircraft may be part of a tailplane, or it may be tail-less. This plan form is used on supersonic aircraft. See delta (iii).
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Maybe delta wings just look good on gold figurines and have nothing to do with flight.
During a two-hour-20-minute visit to the sprawling Yarl's Wood complex in Bedfordshire, they were first treated to tea and biscuits before being led past the site where Charlie and Delta wings stood before the ``explosion'' of Valentine's Day violence last year.
A stand-off jamming variant of the Mirage 2000, which Thales claims could be ready by 2003-2004, would be fitted with a variety of receiving antennas and could carry two jamming pods under its delta wings.