Originally Posted by AIR SALLY
area rule worked well for the older jets.....when they got the power going on the newer jet engines.....you dont see the area rule fuse any more? guess the big power pushed pass the transonic range ...noe it's all about LO
Area rule is in effect for all modern jets. You just don't see the wasp waist because it is incorporated in the layout of the jet from the beginning. In the 50's, they drew plans for a jet, then "pinched" it. Now, it's in the plan from the beginning.
Take a look at the F-16 or the B-1. The area rule is there, only it's more obvious in the side profile than the top view. In the locale of the wings, the fuse cross section gets smoothly smaller, with the top squishing downwards rather than in from the sides. Not so obvious on the F-15 or F-18, but if you plotted the cross section of the airplane vs length, you would see it.
Now back to your regularly scheduled foam build thread