1454. Grumman's Forward Swept Wing Feasibility Studies and X-29A Technology Demonstrator

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Title1454. Grumman's Forward Swept Wing Feasibility Studies and X-29A Technology Demonstrator
Publication TypeConference Paper
Paper Number1454
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsRaha, J. E.
Conference41st Annual Conference, San Jose, California, May 17-19
Conference LocationSan Jose, California
PublisherSociety of Allied Weight Engineers, Inc.
Date Published5/17/82

Although employed occasionally in the past for aerodynamic and configuration purposes, the advantages of forward wing sweep have not been exploited up until now because of the potential for structural divergence. Advanced composite materials have opened the door to the use of forward swept wings in modern combat aircraft without excessive weight penalties. Grumman’s X-29A Technology demonstrator program will lead to a 1984 first flight of an aircraft incorporating forward weep and other advanced technologies.

Key Words10. Weight Engineering - Aircraft Design
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