sweptback wing

sweptback wing

[′swep¦bak ‚wiŋ]
(aerospace engineering)
An airplane wing on which both the leading and trailing edges have sweepback, the trailing edge forming an acute angle with the longitudinal axis of the airplane aft of the root. Also known as swept wing.
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The more sweptback wing was not quite as good for turning-and-burning in combat, so the leading-edge root extensions were redesigned.
1/ successfully completed our compressor stall investigation, 2/ tested new CD nozzle engines making us the fastest aircraft in the world, 3/ flown to 75,000', making us the highest flying aircraft, 4/ contributed to the knowledge of pitch-up in aircraft designed with sweptback wings and T-tails, helpful for later fighter as well as similarly designed civil aircraft.
Grainy footage of Sir Freddie Laker, with a fine pair of sweptback wings, appeared on TV at the weekend.
In that same year the SS range was upgraded, with more powerful engines, longer chassis and sweptback wings.