Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A CF-100 out to pasture on the grounds of the Royal Military College.  A Cold War era interceptor.  Older military aircraft (and some newer ones like the F-16) frequently have startlingly organic shapes.  Imagine the air flowing along the metal at several hundred kilometers per hour and around -40 degrees Celsius. The aluminum panels, often hand-shaped and fitted, are examples of high craftmanship:


 


Trailing edge at the wing root:



The opposite wing root, flap drooping a little:


 Access panels.  You can find a large variety of cunning latches on aircraft.  They have to be easy to open  but fold flush out of the airstream, and of course never open in flight.







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