Europe Flies Passive Load-alleviating Tailored Wing European researchers have for the first time flown an aircraft with a wing that is aeroelastically tailored for passive load alleviation. The 7-m-span (23-ft.) unmanned demonstrator flew at Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, on Nov. 19 under a project to develop technology for lighter, lower-drag airliner wings. The technology has been developed under the EU-funded Flexop program (for Flutter-Free Flight Envelope Expansion for Economical ...


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