12 meters long, full scaled (1:1),realistic model of F/A – 18 active aeroelastic wing Wing modeled in attached cross section. All textures included. UV mapped. Pivot is set to animate wheels and its doors.
The X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) development program is a completed research project that was undertaken jointly by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Boeing Phantom Works and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, where the technology was flight tested on a modified McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Active Aeroelastic Wing Technology is a technology that integrates wing aerodynamics, controls, and structure to harness and control wing aeroelastic twist at high speeds and dynamic pressures. By using multiple leading and trailing edge controls like 'aerodynamic tabs', subtle amounts of aeroelastic twist can be controlled to provide large amounts of wing control power, while minimizing maneuver air loads at high wing strain conditions or aerodynamic drag at low wing strain conditions. The flight program which first proved the use of AAW technology in full scale was the X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing program.
Crew: 1 Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in (11.71 m) Height: 15 ft 3 in (4.65 m)