tapered wing

tapered wing

A wing planform in which the chord of the wing changes continuously from the center of the wing to the wing tip. In addition, this may be accompanied by a taper in the depth of the airfoil. A tapered wing has advantages from structural and aerodynamic points of view. See double taper.
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The A350 is a faster and more efficient aircraft as a result of its tapered wing.
The A350 is a faster, more efficient aircraft as a result of its tapered wing, marking an evolution in aerodynamic design.
Before becoming the Archer in the mid-1970s--and before gaining a tapered wing and becoming the Archer II--it already was among the most popular Cherokees.
Once the tapered wing design was evaluated, cross sections were developed every 24", producing eight airfoils with slots cut out for the spars that could be nested on a sheet of Styrofoam.
The airplane has more than 1200 pounds of useful load and, with the long tapered wing, it's a very stable platform.
The only drawback I have found is the 48-gallon useful fuel capacity of the Arrow II--an issue that was rectified in the Arrow III with the adoption of the tapered wing and 68 gallon tanks.
Many people can, rightly, tell you that a Peregrine dives at over 100kph, its tapered wings closing over its sleek body to plummet on a passing bird.
Antony's first drafts had tapered wings like a Spitfire's, but in the end we went for ones that were quite chopped-off.
Research has shown tubercles work only on thick, tapered wings operating in a very narrow laminar-to-turbulent transition regime.
An airplane equipped with swept and/or tapered wings has a tendency for the wing to develop a strong spanwise airflow towards the wingtip when it is is at high angles of attack.
A kestrel is a typically small to medium-sized bird of prey, usually having thin, tapered wings that enable it to fly at great speeds and change direction rapidly.
Its tapered wings are attached to short arm bones with rigid elbow and wrist joints, and the supple shoulder joint allows axial rotation of the wings by 180 degrees.