This photograph shows a modified General Dynamics AFTI/F-111A Aardvark with supercritical mission adaptive wings (MAW) installed. The four dark bands on the right wing are the locations of pressure orifices used to measure surface pressures and shock locations on the MAW. The El Paso Mountains and Red Rock Canyon State Park Calif., about 30 miles northwest of Edwards Air Force Base, are seen directly in the background.
With the phasing out of the TACT project came a renewed effort by the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory to extend supercritical wing technology to a higher level of performance. In the early 1980s the supercritical wing on the F-111A aircraft was replaced with a wing built by The Boeing Aircraft Company called a mission adaptive wing (MAW), and a joint NASA and Air Force project called Advanced Fighter Technology Integration (AFTI) was born.October 18, 1985NASA Photo / › F-111 AFTI Project Description