- 26 May 2006
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lark said:Illustration 2,3 and 4 are artists impressions for Proff. G.Hill's
Aero isoclinic wingtip (rotatable wingtips) concepts.
Short Sherpa was the proof of the idea.
3. is indeed a crescent-wing aircraft, very similar to the Handley-Page HP.88 testbed aircraft.
4. is described in the linked article as a 'reverse crescent wing', and IMHO is shown purely to illustrate some of the more exotic configurations being studied at the time. The M-Wing is briefly mentioned in the article.
1. is extremely interesting. The article states :-
"A typical aerofoil section for a suction wing is illustrated and also a proposal for a suction wing airliner made by Mr. T. S. Keeble at the Third Anglo-American Aeronautical Conference. On the basis of results obtained from test with the experimental glider ﬂown by the Australian Aeronautical Research Laboratories, such an airliner would carry forty percent more load and would be forty percent faster than one designed on conventional lines while still consuming no more fuel for the same range."
There is a thread on the suction wing test programme here :
including a drawing of the proposed scale test model of the Suction Wing Airliner, the GAD-4.
I will update the above thread with the images posted here.