caret wing


caret wing
A wing configuration for production of lift at hypersonic speeds. In this configuration, the top surface is aligned with the airflow and does not produce any lift. The wing has supersonic leading edges at the hypersonic cruise Mach number, and the shock wave generated by the lower surface is trapped within the leading edges.
A shock wave extends between the two swept leading edges and gives high pressure on lower surface.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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