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A model representing half an airplane featuring a truss-braced wing, installed for testing in a wind tunnel

Bracing for Fuel-Efficient Flight

A model of the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing aircraft is seen here installed for testing in the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. A model representing just half the airplane, sliced from nose to tail, is used so that the tunnel can fit a larger-scale model holding hundreds of sensors to record data during the test. At about 11 feet long and 7.5 feet from floor to wing tip, this model is 9 percent of the size of the full-scale aircraft. Author: Abby Tabor, NASA's Ames Research Center

Image Credit: NASA / Dominic Hart

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