Aviation Photo #2823597 Northrop Grumman F-5E(SSBD) - NASA

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If one could ever say that an aircraft could look like a pelican, ...well, this is it! Seriously speaking, this F5-E with modified nose and fuselage was known as the Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstrator (SSBD), a project aimed to demonstrate for the first time that the sonic boom created as an aircraft goes supersonic can be reduced by vehicle and fuselage shaping. Eventually, instrumented flight tests proved that reshaping modifications reduced the sonic boom noise on the ground.
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    Robert Domandl
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    January 16, 2016
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