F-104 Starfighter (Detail & Scale 38)
By Bert Kinzey
Publisher: Airlife Publishing Ltd 1991 64 Pages
PDF 25 MB
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, aeronautical engineers were trying to figure out the best wing design for aircraft that would fly faster than the speed of sound. It was a sure thing that existing straight wings with conventional airfoils would not be satisfactory. New designs for more streamlined swept and delta wings seemed to hold the keys, and although the first aircraft to break the sound barrier, the Bell X-1. had straight wings, it appeared that the designs for future supersonic aircraft would have wings with the sleeker swept or delta shape. While this would prove to be fact in most cases, in the early 1950s the straight wing was not completely dead, and would be used very successfully one more time on a supersonic fighter.