Summer 2009

Cover Story

Airflow simulation inside the “Water Tunnel” at NASA’s Dryden Flow Visualization Facility, conducted on a model F-18 aircraft at 1/48th scale. The dyes released from the model into the flowing water reveal the aerodynamic idiosyncrasies of the airframe, airfoils, and other flight fixtures such as antennae, pylons, and parachutes. Courtesy Dryden Flight Research Center.

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