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The Development of the Slender Delta Concept

R.L. Maltby (Aerodynamic Dept., Royal Aircraft Establishment, Bedford)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 March 1968



Some historical notes of the early stages in the development of a slender wing supersonic transport aircraft. This article recounts some of the early steps in the development of the concept of a slender wing supersonic transport aircraft during the 1960s, which ultimately led to the design of Concorde. It attempts to indicate how an advanced design problem was met successfully by a completely new approach to aerodynamic design. Since a complete history of the work would fill a large book, the approach is necessarily selective in a way intended to illustrate the development of the main aerodynamic issues.


Maltby, R.L. (1968), "The Development of the Slender Delta Concept", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. 12-17.




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