flying wing

noun

Definition of flying wing

: a tailless aircraft that has the form of a left and right wing joined together at the midline with little or no apparent fuselage
  • Engineers call it a flying wing, or “blended wing body”. Gone is the familiar cylindrical fuselage … . Instead, the craft has a pair of thick, swept-back wings with the engines embedded inside. The tail is also gone, replaced by gyroscopes and raised “winglets” that help keep the plane stable.
  • —Bennett DavissNew Scientist24 Feb. 2007
  • As expected, the B-2 was a flying wing, a type that Northrop's founder, Jack Northrop, pioneered in the 1940's. Engineers had long known that flying wings, which lack tail fins, rudders and elevators, reflect only small radar echoes from head-on.
  • —Malcolm W. BrowneNew York Times14 May 1991
  • Some aeronautical engineers also argue that a flying wing is a lifting body—not a wing without a fuselage but a fuselage shaped entirely like a wing.
  • —Stephan WilkinsonAir & Space SmithsonianApril/May 1991

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First Known Use of flying wing

1923


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