variable sweep

An aircraft in which the sweep of the wings can be controlled from the cockpit by the pilot. The wings have little or no sweepback at lower speeds, and the sweepback increases as the speed increases. See also variable-geometry aircraft.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • variable sweep — variable sweep, a design that allows the angle of aircraft wings to be adjusted so as to give the best conditions for various phases of flight …   Useful english dictionary

  • variable-sweep — vaˈriable sweepˈ adjective (of an aircraft wing) of which the sweep back may be varied, as on a variable geometry aeroplane • • • Main Entry: ↑variable …   Useful english dictionary

  • Variable-sweep wing — A Variable sweep wing is an aeroplane wing that may be swept back and then returned to its original position during flight. It allows the aircraft s planform to be modified in flight, and is therefore an example of variable geometry.Typically, a… …   Wikipedia

  • variable geometry — variable geometry, = variable sweep. (Cf. ↑variable sweep) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Variable geometry — may refer to: * Various different ways to alter the shape of an aircraft s wings in flight in order to alter their aerodynamic properties: Variable sweep wings or swing wings , variable camber wings, variable incidence wings, and Oblique wings. * …   Wikipedia

  • Variable camber wing — is a design of aircraft wing by V.J. Burnelli that changes the camber of the airfoil (1933), and varies the area and camber of the wing (1937).This is depicted in the figure below. A mechanism moves and rotates the leading and trailing edge to… …   Wikipedia

  • Variable-incidence wing — A variable incidence wing has an adjustable angle of incidence in order to reduce landing and take off distances. It was patented on March 20, 1912 (patent #444010) in Paris by Bulgarian inventor Georgi Bojinov.The necessary components add extra… …   Wikipedia

  • Sweep theory — is an aeronautical engineering description of the behavior of airflow over a wing when the wing s leading edge encounters the airflow at an oblique angle. The development of sweep theory resulted in the swept wing design used by most modern jet… …   Wikipedia

  • NuVinci Continuously Variable Transmission — NuVinci internal mechanisms Tilting ball variator …   Wikipedia

  • Wing configuration — For aircraft configurations in general, including fuselage, tail and powerplant configuration, see Aircraft. For rotary winged aircraft types, see Rotorcraft. For direct lift and compound or hybrid types, see Powered lift. Fixed wing aircraft,… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.