forward swept wing


forward swept wing
A wing plan form in which the wings are swept forward (i.e., the tips of the wing are ahead of the roots, unlike in swept-back wings). This plan form enjoys the same advantages as a swept-back wing but requires a lesser sweep. The wing performs better at subsonic speeds and near transonic speeds than a swept-back wing. The wing shock wave is more highly swept, giving reduced shock strength and wave drag. This offers improved maneuverability.
X-29 a forward swept aircraft.

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