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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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The delta-wing concept, known to schoolboy makers of paper darts from circa 1914, was adapted for manned flight by Alexander Lippisch in Germany in the 1930s, and the project that eventually became the Vulcan delta-wing bomber was accepted by the Air Ministry in 1947.
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Workers at Woodford built more than 4,000 Lancaster bombers during World War II, as well as the delta-wing Vulcan bomber in the 1950s.
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