Gone West: Richard Whitcomb

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Richard Whitcomb passed away Tuesday at a nursing home in Newport News, Virginia. He was 89.
Whitcomb was an engineer at Langley for nearly 4 decades, retiring in 1980. While there, he developed three important innovations for aviation: How to achieve practical, efficient transonic and supersonic flight by changing the shape of the fuselage, the supercritical wing that revolutionized the design of jet liners, and, perhaps most ubiquitous now, the winglets that improve efficiency and fuel performance on aircraft ranging from LSA's to private jets and major airlines.
At Whitcomb's request, there will be no funeral, and his ashes will be scattered from an airplane over the Chesapeake Bay.
 

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Godspeed Mister Whitcomb ! Thanks for all the advances and cleaverness you brought to aeronautics.
 
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