DRAG ACT

GRIFFITH WING METEOR

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…

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Meteor III EE445 was fitted with the Griffith suction wing.
VIA BARRY JONES

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.

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