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Model Name:   F-A 18 HORNET NASA-AAW

Manufacturer:   McDONNELL DOUGLAS

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The Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) development program is a current research project being undertaken jointly by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Boeing Phantom Works and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, where the technology is being flight tested on a modified F/A-18 Hornet, designated the X-53.

Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) Technology is a multidisciplinary, synergistic technology that integrates air vehicle aerodynamics, active controls, and structures together to maximize air vehicle performance. The concept uses wing aeroelastic flexibility for a net benefit and enables the use of high aspect ratio, thin, swept wings that are aeroelastically deformed into shapes for optimum performance. This makes it possible to achieve the multi-point aerodynamic performance required of future fighter aircraft.