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User currently offlineKL808 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1596 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

why do supersonic jets like the concord have their front end pointed while all subsonic commercial aircraft have theirs blunt and not pointed ?

why not make subsonic aircrafts with pointed ends?

will this make any difference. does this have to do with drag?



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User currently offlineAvioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2223 times:

Advances in aerodynamic technology and knowledge.
Look at the space shuttle and read what speeds that thing operates at in the lower altitudes.

One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7142 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

Also wing leading edges and all other subsonic streamlined bodies have a rounded front. It gives the lowest drag.

Here comes in very, very layman's term a few lines about a subject which fills hundreds of books.

A body traveling through the air sends a "warning" forward telling "here I come". That warning travels at sonic speed since it is in fact the same air pressure disturbance as sound is.

When traveling at supersonic speed, then the body always flies ahead of the warning. Therefore entirely different physical laws apply, and the body virtually has to slice its way through the air as a knife.

But go to the public library and borrow one of those books, the thicker the better.

The Space Shuttle (and all other re-entry vehicles including warheads on intercontinental ballistic missiles) are different animals. Internal heat distribution is more important than lowest possible drag, because a pointed nose would always burn away. Therefore the rounded shape.

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