This month features “aerodynamic band-aids” — a term used to describe design features added as an afterthought, normally incorporated to fix a flaw found during developmental testing. (This is not always the case though.) This post continues the ABCs theme; however, we start at the end of the alphabet and work backwards this month.
Wing Vortex Devices
Vortex generators, or turbulators, on the Boeing 737 wing.
This illustrates many wing vortex devices, and you can click here to read more about them.
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