Drag Act

In the pursuit of drag reduction through boundary layer control, a Meteor III fitted with a special wing showed the technique’s limitations in the early post-war years — and almost caused ‘Winkle’ Brown to bail out…

Meteor III EE445 was fitted with the Griffith suction wing.

Born in June 1893, Alan Arnold Griffith made a substantial contribution to aircraft and engine design in several areas. He was something of an independent mind and most of his work was of a theoretical nature. One of his key successes was his research into stresses and crack growth in metals, which clariThed the phenomenon of metal fatigue.

Until 1939 Griffith was in charge of the engine department at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, but that year he moved to Rolls-Royce where he became chief scientist. There he became involved in the development of the Avon turbojet engine before, during the 1950s, his interest switched to vertical take-offaircraft and the design of small lift jet engines intended specifically for this type of aeroplane.

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