Richie Ramos (email@example.com)
Fri, 09 Jul 1999 03:28:23 +0800
>I don't know about mech designs that don't actually have to operate in the
>real world but I don't think a coke bottle shape is the ideal wind tunnel
>shape for getting the most out of a jet's performance and I'm sure style
>played nothing next to getting it to handle better or fly faster. I see
>nothing curvy or feminine in the F-4, that's for sure. Slight curves in
>the F-16 but it's mostly a dart. The F-14 and A-6 are far curvier.
I don't know if this holds water, but I saw a discovery channel
documentary where they explained the coke bottle shape...it had something
to do with the air passing over the wings, hence the pinched-off area of
the body was located where the wings were. The guy explaining it said it
had something to do with high speed stability.
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