Patent Number: 6,293,497

Title: Airplane with unswept slotted cruise wing airfoil

Abstract: Slotted cruise airfoil technology allows production of a substantially unswept wing that achieves the same cruise speed as today's conventional jet airplanes with higher sweep. This technology allows the wing boundary layer to negotiate a strong recovery gradient closer to the wing trailing edge. The result is about a cruise speed of Mach=0.78, but with a straight wing. It also means that for the same lift, the super velocities over the top of the wing can be lower. With very low sweep and this type of cruise pressure distribution, natural laminar flow will be obtained. In addition, heat is transferred from the leading edge of the wing and of the main flap to increase the extent of the natural laminar flow. The slotted cruise wing airfoil allows modularization of the wing and the body for a family of airplanes. The unsweeping of the wing significantly changes the manufacturing processes, reduces manufacturing costs and flow time from detail part fabrication to airplane delivery. The system architecture is all new for cost reduction. A high wing arrangement allows more freedom for installation of higher bypass ratio advanced geared fan engines. A low is wing in conjunction with aft body mounted engines will have a similar effect. Aerodynamic efficiency and engine fuel burn efficiency result in considerable lower emission of noise and greenhouse gases.

Inventors: Kelley-Wickemeyer; Robert H. (Renton, WA), Seidel; Gerhard E. (Renton, WA), Anast; Peter Z. (Issaquah, WA), McLean; James Douglas (Seattle, WA)

Assignee: The Boeing Company

International Classification: B64C 3/00 (20060101); B64C 9/20 (20060101); B64C 3/10 (20060101); B64C 3/14 (20060101); B64C 9/00 (20060101); B64C 003/14 (); B64C 003/28 (); B64C 003/50 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018