variable camber

variable camber

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An example of variable inlet. In this case, the nose cone remains retracted from start up till aircraft achieves speed of Mach 1.3 when it moves fully forward. In other examples, it may keep moving at all speeds depending on altitude, speed, and throttle position.
An airfoil whose camber can be altered by controls in the cockpit.
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