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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 tailless delta-wing design seen in the Vulcan bomber and the Gloster Javelin fighter was used later in fighter jets such as the Dassault Mirage III.
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50 Years Ago Wreckage of the faster-than-sound Boulton Paul P120 delta-wing experiment jet aircraft, which crashed and burst into flames near Andover, Hampshire, yesterday was inspected last night by senior officers of the RAF and officials of the Ministry of Supply.
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Most are delta-wing shaped, though "soft" ones are more like parachutes.
First flown on 30th August 1952, the famous Delta-Wing aircraft was designed by Roy Chadwick who also designed the Avro Lancaster.
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