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11 Aircraft: Do You Know What Wing They Use?

If you're learning to fly, you might have heard about wing planforms. Rectangular wings stall from the root, but they create lots of drag. Tapered wings reduce drag, but the stall at the tips first. Elliptical wings are the most efficient, but they stall suddenly and evenly across the wing. And the delta wing is great at going fast.

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  1. b29-1 Matthew Hine / Flickr

    Awesome. The B-29 has a tapered wing.

    Incorrect. The B-29 has had a tapered wing.

    1. a-rectangular
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    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
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    2. a-delta
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  2. aztec-1 wikimedia

    Awesome. The Aztec has a rectangular wing.

    Incorrect. The PA-23-250 Aztec has a rectangular wing.

    1. a-rectangular
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    2. a-tapered
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    1. a-elliptical
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    2. a-delta
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  3. p51-1 LordSchrammi / Flickr

    Awesome. The P-51 has a tapered wing.

    Incorrect. The P-51 has a tapered wing.

    1. a-rectangular
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    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
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  4. p47-1 Tony Hisgett / Flickr

    Awesome. The P-47 has an elliptical wing.

    Incorrect. The P-47 has an elliptical wing.

    1. a-rectangular
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked
  5. f104-2 wikimedia

    Awesome. The F-104 has a tapered wing.

    Incorrect. The F-104 has a tapered wing.

    1. a-rectangular
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked
  6. pa-32r-300-1 Akakie / Flickr

    Awesome. The PA-32R-300 Cherokee has a rectangular wing.

    Incorrect. The PA-32R-300 Cherokee has a rectangular wing.

    1. a-rectangular
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked
  7. f106-1 wikimedia

    Awesome. The F-106 has a delta wing. It's called the "Delta Dart."

    Incorrect. The F-106 has a delta wing. It's called the "Delta Dart."

    1. a-rectangular
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    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked
  8. b24-1 null0 / Flickr

    Awesome. The B-24 has a tapered wing.

    Incorrect. The B-24 has a tapered wing.

    1. a-rectangular
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked
  9. a4-1 Rob Schleiffert / Flickr

    Awesome. The A-4 has a delta wing.

    Incorrect. The A-4 has a delta wing.

    1. a-rectangular
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked
  10. spitfire-1 Airwolfhound / Flickr

    Awesome. The Spitfire has an elliptical wing.

    Incorrect. The Spitfire has an elliptical wing.

    1. a-rectangular
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked
  11. he111-1 klausnahr / Flickr

    Awesome. The He-111 has a tapered wing.

    Incorrect. The He-111 has a tapered wing.

    1. a-rectangular
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-tapered
      Unchecked Checked
    1. a-elliptical
      Unchecked Checked
    2. a-delta
      Unchecked Checked

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Aleks Udris

Aleks is a Boldmethod co-founder and technical director. He's worked in safety and operations in the airline industry, and was a flight instructor and course manager for the University of North Dakota. You can reach him at aleks@boldmethod.com.

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